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Mancini's last stand

EMBATTLED Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has thrown down a challenge to his faltering squad and told them not to give up on the Premier League title.

City go into tonight’s home game against West Brom a massive eight points behind Manchester United, but Mancini still hopes to see some light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel.

“It's not over. In football it's never finished,” said Mancini. “For this reason, I believe always. It’s six games to the end. 18 points. Never say never.”

But with Alex Ferguson (pictured above) purring and now taunting Manchester City’s squad meltdown, it is looking more and more like the next six games will be Mancini’s last stand.

Asked about United’s recent weekend away in Scotland, Fergie - whose side travel to Wigan tonight - was happy to rub salt in Mancini’s wounds.

“It helped with the unity of the players – it was a good moment for us. It makes you realise when players stay together, they become a team very easily,” said Fergie, no doubt revelling in the Mario Balotelli-inspired chaos across town.

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