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Mancini maintains United still favourites

ROBERTO Mancini insists Manchester United are still Premier League title favourites despite his Manchester City side closing the gap on the leaders to three points ahead of next Monday's derby.

United were held to a 4-4 draw by Everton at Old Trafford, after leading 3-1 and 4-2, while City took advantage of their slip-up by winning 2-0 at Wolves to doom them to relegation.

But Mancini remains adamant the title is "not in our hands" even though City would almost certainly finish top if they win their remaining three games given their superior goal difference.

He said: "We have another chance but United have a bigger chance than us at this moment (to win the title).

"We have three difficult games against United, Newcastle and QPR.

"After the derby, United have two games which are not easy, but not difficult like us (against Swansea and Sunderland).

"Only one team can win this title. It's not in our hands. We have three points less.

"In any case, you all wrote the title race was finished.

"Therefore I congratulate Alex Ferguson on a good season."

It remains to be seen whether the mind games being played by Mancini pay off but he is clearly striving to keep the spotlight off his players.

In terms of whether City or United are under more pressure, Mancini said: "I don't think they have pressure because they are used to it every year.

"For us, it's different because it's the first time. At the moment, we don't have any pressure because we are not expected to win."

Mancini was unhappy with his side's performance against Wolves.

He said: "It was important to win, but our performance was not perfect."

Aguero broke the deadlock with his 29th goal of the season shortly before the half-hour mark and Nasri wrapped up a third successive win for City after the break.