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Alan Green: Win the derby and it’s Manchester City’s title

He was at it again on Sunday; how can Roberto Mancini keep a straight face pooh-poohing Manchester City’s chances of winning a first league championship since 1968?

Yes, they’d have to win their three remaining games including the now titanic battle at the Etihad next Monday night and a daunting trip to Newcastle but the extraordinary efforts by Everton at Old Trafford certainly opened the door.

Weren’t they a credit to English football? Demoralised by their FA Cup exit to Liverpool no-one would have blamed them if they’d given up 3-1 or 4-2 down. Taking the lead in the first place seemed an act of impudence. However, Moyes’ team does not lie down — another hint to other clubs? — and attacked United as if they, not them, were the home side. It was a great game.

And if St James’s Park looks tough for City, doesn’t Sunderland too for United? Facing the Champions, would you expect a Martin O’Neill side to roll over?

At least we know the title cannot be won at the Etihad. United will probably be happy to draw the game but a City win will, I think, make them favourites.

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