Mancini believes City can “easily” overhaul the nine-point gap United have at the top.
The Etihad chief, who has Yaya Toure back from African Nations Cup duty at Southampton today, said: “Right now, United are doing better than us because they have won a lot of games.
“They are nine points better off than us. But in three months everything can change. Last year showed that. If we can recover eight points in six games, I think to recover nine points in 13 games will be easy.”