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United still on course to retain title, claims Mancini

Updated: Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 10:37

Mancini is full of praise for the 'spirit' shown by the Old Trafford club
Mancini is full of praise for the 'spirit' shown by the Old Trafford club

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claims his side are still out of title contention despite Manchester United's defeat to Wigan on Wednesday. 

City thrashed West Brom 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium to move within five points of United, and with just five games to go, even though one of them is against United, Mancini feels it is too little too late.

The Italian, who claimed he was not playing mind games, said: "United are a fantastic team and I don't think they can lose five points. I fight always, every day, and also my team but now I think it is too late.

"I think they have fantastic spirit, United. We don't have the same spirit and for this reason I think this is very difficult.

"We don't have the same spirit and for this reason I think this is very difficult." 

After the Wigan victory, Mancini joked to the press that he did not know United had been playing at the same time. He said: "I thought they played tomorrow - only when the game finished I knew they had played tonight." 

Mancini also had words of encouragement for Carlos Tevez saying: "I am pleased with all the players because it was important to come back and play like one month ago and to score four goals.

"I am happy for Carlos because he scored a goal. He is not ready to play 90 minutes, it is difficult.

"If Carlos continues to play he can improve his performance."