United came for a draw but City came to win, says Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said the difference between his side and Manchester United in City’s 1-0 derby win was that United came to the Etihad Stadium in search of a draw but City went all-out for the win, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

A point would have maintained United’s three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with two games to play, leaving the destination of the title in the hands of the champions. As it stands now, however, the fate of the league rests with City, who moved top on goal difference after Vincent Kompany scored the only goal of the night. If City win their last two games they will clinch a first title since 1968 regardless of United’s results.

Mancini said: “[The key was] that we wanted to win and they wanted a draw. This is the difference, but this can happen…every manager can choose his tactics and for them it was important…to draw. With a draw, they knew the championship was finished.

City have yet to lose a home league game this season, dropping only two points at the Etihad Stadium but United went into the match having won 12 away games in this campaign, the most of any team in the league, and scoring the joint-highest amount of away goals, 36, level with City.

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