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Sir Alex Ferguson has described it as the "most important" derby of his 25 years at Manchester United while Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini thinks his side are too far behind in the Premier League title race for it to be decisive. Differing views, but the reality is that whoever wins the game at the Etihad Stadium on Monday is likely to be crowned champions. After United's 4-4 draw with Everton and Manchester City's win at Wolves the title race is back on and the Manchester derby assumes titanic proportions once again. It is a completely different picture from two weeks ago, of course, when City's defeat by Arsenal gave United an eight-point advantage. But since then Roberto Mancini's side have strung three wins together, scoring 12 goals in the process, to reduce the gap to three points. And City, whose goal difference is six better than United, will go top of the table with a derby victory.
Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart: "We've focused on ourselves. Our title chances are certainly a lot better than they were at the start of Sunday. We are excited, we feel ready, we're firing goals in and we feel good, so we look forward to it."
Sir Alex Ferguson: "It's probably the most important derby game in my time. We have to go there, make sure we perform in the right way and not give away silly goals. There's no reason why we can't get a good result at the Etihad. There has been an expectancy from City that this could be their decider, but it's our decider too. We know the exact situation we're in. We're in a better position than Manchester City. We could come out with two results, whereas they only have one. They have to win. We can draw or we can win. Although you know my attitude and this club's attitude - we'll be trying to win."
• In Man City's last three Premier League games, Sergio Aguero has scored five goals and Carlos Tevez has scored four goals.
• Wayne Rooney has scored 13 goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances.