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Fans in Manchester gather ahead of crucial derby match

posted 30 Apr 2012, 04:31 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 30 Apr 2012, 04:32 ]

Fans in Manchester look ahead to the potential premier League title deciding derby match between the city's two sides.

MANCHESTER, UK ( REUTERS) -The destiny of the Premier League title will be firmly in Manchester City's hands if they beat leaders Manchester United at home on Monday (April 30), United manager Alex Ferguson has said.

United hold a three-point advantage going into the highly-anticipated showdown but a win for City would put them top on goal difference with two matches to play.

"I think City probably would win it," Ferguson told the club's website on Sunday. "Yes. I think, with two games left, they'd have a great chance."

After Monday's clash, defending champions United face Swansea City at home before completing their season at


City's penultimate game is at Newcastle United, who are chasing a Champions League place, before Roberto Mancini's side meet relegation-threatened Queen Park Rangers at home on the final day of the season on May 13.

United were eight points ahead of City in mid-April but defeat at Wigan Athletic and a 4-4 draw at home to Everton last

weekend when they let slip a 4-2 lead have put their cross-town rivals back in the title frame.

Volatile striker Mario Balotelli is available for City again after suspension but coach Roberto Mancini is unlikely to break up the flourishing partnership between Sergio Aguero and ex-United man Carlos Tevez, whose return from exile has coincided with City's revival.

Mancini said that he would likely sell the ill-disciplined Balotelli at the end of the campaign following his red card in a

1-0 defeat against Arsenal on April 8.

Asked if he could trust fellow Italian Balotelli for such a high-octane game on Monday, Mancini, with a smile on his face,

replied: "I think this game, yes, only this game."