Roberto Mancini reiterated that the title race is “finished” despite Manchester City’s 2-1 win against Premier League leader Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday. The reigning English champion closed the gap between the clubs to 12 points with seven games left thanks to substitute Sergio Aguero’s solo goal in the 79th minute.
"We are happy because we played very well," Mancini told Sky Sports. "This is the most important thing for us. We deserved to win. The game before against United [a 3-2 loss on Dec. 9] we dominated that game and we lost in the end which I don't know how it's possible but this is football.” He added: "I think it was important for the second position. I think that we don't deserve to stay 15 points behind, but this is football.” When asked about the title race, the Italian replied, “It's finished.”
Despite the loss, United coach Alex Ferguson said he was satisfied with his team’s performance, especially in the second half. "I was pleased with the performance in the second half. I thought we did really well coming back from 1-0 down,” he said. "If you look at the whole thing it's not a bad day for us in terms of the performance level. It was a very intense game. You don't want to lose a derby game but we're OK." When asked if United had become complacent as a result of such a huge lead, Ferguson replied, “We won’t be doing that.”