Mancini - Derby could decide it

Meeting between Manchester clubs could be key, says City boss

Roberto Mancini: Feels Bank Holiday meeting between City and United could be key

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini feels his side's derby showdown with Manchester United in April could prove decisive to the Premier League title race.

City currently sit top of the table with 12 games remaining and hold a two-point lead over second-placed United, while distant title challengers Tottenham are 10 adrift.

Both City and United have suffered just three defeats this season, with Mancini's men having won one more game than the Red Devils, suggesting the run-in could be particularly tight.

The rivals will only have two matches left to play after they collide at Ethiad Stadium on April 30th and Mancini believes the Monday Night Football blockbuster, which will be televised live on Sky Sports, could be crucial.

Decisive

The Italian manager, who hosts struggling Bolton with his side on Saturday, said: "Probably - it could be.

"I don't know what will happen in these nine games before United, but I think United will win 11 games from now until the end. We need to do the same."

Mancini does not want any slip-ups against the relegation-threatened Trotters, adding: "I think it will be the same game we played against Blackburn, very difficult.

"If you don't score you can have a problem - Bolton play football.

"All these games are tough because they play for relegation and they fight for every ball."