Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists Manchester United will still win the Premier League despite his side closing the gap at the top to five points on Wednesday night.
City beat West Brom 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium as leaders United lost 1-0 to Wigan to reignite the title race - but Mancini believes Red Devils' superior team spirit will see them triumph.
“I think the title is still over because United are a fantastic team and I don’t think they can lose five points,” Mancini said.
“I will fight every day and so will my team, but I think it’s too late. I think United have fantastic spirit, we don’t have the same spirit.
“For us it’s important to finish the season well. It’s been a good season for us, our best since 1968 when Manchester City won the championship.”
Two goals from Sergio Aguero and strikes from Carlos Tevez and David Silva sealed a convincing win for City after a poor run of results in the last month put a huge dent in their title ambitions.
Mancini revealed after the match that he did not even realise United were playing at the DW Stadium and insisted that his focus now will simply be on winning the final five league games of the season.
He added: “I thought United were playing tomorrow, I only found out after the game [that they lost tonight]. I didn’t know why our fans were excited.
“Football is really strange. You think one thing and the opposite happens. But United are a strong team and I don’t think they will drop the points.
“We play for the fans and it’s important for us to finish the season well. I spoke with my players before the game and said it’s important to finish the season well, to play well until the end, like we did for the first 28 games.”