Man City boss Mancini: Man Utd can be caught - they're due a blip
Mancini believes that his side's Champions League exit allied with United's two huge showdowns against Real Madrid could help them retain their title.
He said: "I think when we arrive at the end of February, the gap will be very, very small."
Mancini believes that United are due a blip, like the one at the end of last season that saw them surrender their eight-point lead with six games left.
He added: "Every team during the season has two or three weeks when they don't play well, when their performances go down and they don't score - even if you have fantastic strikers."