Man City's De Jong: We have bottle to hold off Man Utd challenge

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong insists they'll keep their nerve in the title battle.

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong insists they'll keep their nerve in the title battle.

De Jong has dismissed suggestions that Mancini and Co are feeling the pressure after seeing Manchester United beat Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks to stay within ­striking distance of the Blues.

He told the Sunday Mirror: “It has come down to the last 11 matches. We have 11 cup finals – and so have United. From now on, every game is a final.

“We can’t afford any mistakes ­because we know that United are right behind us.

“Can we feel them? Not really, we just look at the table and see the gap is just two points. United are two points worse off so they also know that any mistake could really hurt their chances.

“It is brutal.

“What we must do is concentrate on us rather than them.

“If we win 11 games then we are the ­champions."

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