Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini said Manchester United were favourites for the title, echoing last season's claims when City eventually won the Premier League gong. The Italian said: "They are used to playing these games in the title race for 20 years. For this reason they have a small advantage.

"They can lose [this weekend's game] because they have three points more. We have three points less and we can't lose.

"They are better than us at this moment."

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