Liverpool legend Alan Hansen says Roberto Mancini should be regarded among the managerial greats if Manchester City win the title next week. Hansen wrote in the Telegraph: "It is a remarkable fact only six managers have won the title in the last 20 years; the Italian can now sit proudly alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Kenny Dalglish. Anyone who oversees such an achievement deserves to be in such esteemed company.

"Should Manchester City defeat QPR next weekend, as everyone anticipates, Mancini will also have succeeded in a unique way. If a guide is ever written for the most unconventional means of winning a championship, the Manchester City manager will be the author.

"He's led his club to the brink of an historic triumph by going about it in the hardest possible way. I thought City would win the league by 20 points at one stage, but all that matters in the end is that you win, no matter what the distance. "