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Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City FC. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images.

Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City FC. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images.

Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City FC. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images.

ALEKSANDAR KOLAROV has called on his Manchester City team-mates to re-enact last season's 6-1 Old Trafford drubbing.

Kolarov admits any chances of wrestling the Premier League trophy back from Alex Ferguson's grip might be too much to ask.

With United 15 points clear at the top and aiming to finish City off in the eagerly-awaited derby, Kolarov recalls last season's triumph, where Roberto Mancini's side filleted a 10-man Red Devils in the second half.

"It was a great moment for us," he smiled. "We were in a great moment, it was a big victory for us and for everyone involved with Manchester City. But at this moment, it is different, they are first and there is a big gap. They are confident right now, so it will be a different game.

"But if we play like we can and we are 100pc prepared, we are better than them.

"It's always an important game between the two teams, so we'll be hoping for a good performance and hoping that we can win at Old Trafford again," he added. "It's near the end of the season and it would mean a lot to our fans if we beat United and then if we were to win the FA Cup, it would be a good season for us."

 

Gap

City travel to Old Trafford knowing that a win would reduce the gap at the top of the table from 15 points to 12 with six games left to play.

Although the Serbian believes the Blues are still in with a chance, he concedes this may be United's year.

"We will fight to the end of course, but to be honest 15 points is a very big gap," he said. "We didn't win some important games and lost a lot of points away this season and I think they performed better.

"We also missed very important players during the season like Yaya and Vincent, but we are still a good team and we have a lot of good players and have very good options on the bench. I think the fact that we lost a lot of points in key games was the problem. But for us that doesn't change anything.

"We are going to Old Trafford with one aim and that is to win."


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