Keegan believes Manchester derby will decide Premier League title destination

Former England manager Kevin Keegan has told the BBC that whoever wins Monday’s top of the table clash between Manchester City and Manchester United will go on to win the Premier League title.

Keegan, who managed Manchester City between 2001 and 2005, said: “City must win the game. If they win it, they’re the favourites,” before adding: United are still slight favourites because a draw or a win at the Etihad and it’s over.

United go into the match with a three-point lead over City, but if Roberto Mancini’s side record a second league win of the season over their cross-city rivals, they will top the table on goal difference with two games to play. Earlier in the season City went to Old Trafford and returned with a remarkable 6-1 win, United’s worst home defeat since 1955 and a result that gave City a five-point advantage as of late October.

A recent run of patchy form, however, allowed United to dethrone City from the summit of the table and establish a five-point lead of their own. But this weekend United gave up a 4-2 lead at home to Everton to draw the match 4-4 while City defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0, condemning the Midlands side to relegation in the process, to set the stage for next week’s derby meeting.

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