Bryan Robson believes that Manchester United's older players will hand his former side the edge over Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.
The former captain feels that veterans like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes will give the Red Devils the stability to maintain their current lead over their rivals.
Robson claims that the lack of title-winning experience among Roberto Mancini's charges will work against City’s chances of winning their first top-tier league title since 1968.
“When I look at our boys and the City boys, when it comes to handling the pressure I know for a fact we will just keep playing the same way we’ve been playing all season," Robson told The Manchester Evening News.
“They will not get nervous about it because they’ve been there and done it all before. Some of the City players, you don’t know how they are going to handle it.
"Are they going to get nervous if they are not playing quite so well? We don’t know because they have not been in this situation.
“With players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and now Rio Ferdinand, you just have to watch the way they play when the pressure is on them.
“A lot of players cannot do that because they try too hard, go down a different path and it might not work.”
"[United] will not get nervous about it because they've been there and done it all before. Some of the City players, you don't know how they are going to handle it"
- Bryan Robson
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Although he feels that his former side will triumph come May, Robson expects the derby match at the Etihad Stadium on April 30 to be crucial to the outcome of season.
“City have got a really good team. They are a strong squad and they can beat anybody on their day. There won’t be a massive gap," the ex-England international conceded.
"It’s still in the balance because it is a massive game at the Etihad. If City win the derby then it is all up for grabs. But I think if United can win there then that would be the end of it.”
United were the victors the last time that the rivals met, beating the Citizens 3-2 in an FA Cup match on January 8.