Nigel de Jong insists Manchester City have the bottle to beat Manchester United to the title.

The Dutchman accepts that United have the track record to boost their bid, but ­insists City have the ability and desire to claim the club's first title since 1968.

He said: "We don't fear the momentum is with United. We don't have any fear. Over the last 12 days or so we've been in a moment where things haven't been as easy as they were at the start of the season.

"The next 10 games are cup finals ­because we have only the League now."