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David Silva: Playmaker says Manchester City are now ready to win the Premier League title

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David Silva insists Manchester City are 'ready' to win the Premier League title and are no longer worried about rivals Manchester United.

City returned to the top of the table on goal difference on Monday night after captain Vincent Kompany's header secured a 1-0 win over United at the Etihad Stadium.

The victory ensured Roberto Mancini's side completed a league double over the Red Devils this season following a stunning 6-1 demolition at Old Trafford in October.

Spanish playmaker Silva still has respect for the reigning champions, but believes there is no need for City to be afraid of their neighbours anymore.

Important moment

"We don't need to think about United," said Silva. "We've passed that mental stage now.

"We are ready to win the title. We don't concentrate on United. We concentrate on ourselves. We beat them there, we beat them here."

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"We are ready to win the title. We don't concentrate on United. We concentrate on ourselves. We beat them there, we beat them here.

"Don't get me wrong, United are a great team, a fantastic team. They've been winning titles for a long time but, as I say, we beat them there, we beat them here.

"It's an important moment for us psychologically as we knew we had to win.

"We did that and now it gives us the confidence we need for the last two games."

Surprised

City's title bid appeared to be over when they fell eight points behind United in early April, but Silva is adamant the players never gave up the pursuit of Sir Alex Ferguson's men.

He added: "There was never a point when we totally gave up on the league but we did get to a point when we knew it was very difficult.

"All we could do was keep working and get three points after three points.

"I am surprised to see United taking an eight-point lead and then giving it up but don't forget we had a massive lead and lost it.

"It's a very long and competitive season and now we are here we have to finish the job."