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The midfielder scored the opener in Monday's success at Old Trafford, and believes his side can still win the Premier League despite Manchester United's 12-point lead at the top

James Milner has promised Manchester City will maintain the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United in the hope of another stumble from their rivals.

City cut their neighbours' lead at the top of the table to 12 points following success in Monday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford, with Milner opening the scoring.

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And, despite having just seven games to play to further dent United's seemingly inevitable title success, the midfielder is holding hope of a lasting negative effect from the derby loss to the Red Devils.

"We know it's very unlikely," Milner told The Times. "United have plenty of experience at closing out titles and they probably haven’t had too many gaps as big as this before.

"They'll still be confident but we did all we could do in the derby - and hopefully we've put a bit of doubt in there. It could be a bit of a stumble and if this rocks them then great. Mathematically it's not over. It’s still possible.

"Whether it's over or not, though, our objective doesn’t change and that’s to win every game between now and the end of the season. If we do that then we’ll win the FA Cup and finish runners-up it will not have been a bad season at all."

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