Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled Man United’s clash with Man City a week on Monday as the game which will decide who wins the Premier League title.
And with the Red Devils having to travel to the Etihad where they will face a resurgent City with a superior goal difference, Ferguson has admitted their rivals have the advantage in the race for the title.
"We've given them the initiative,” Ferguson told Sky Sports. “It makes the game at the Etihad Stadium more important - it's the decider really."
But the Scot is confident his side are capable of going to City and clinching the win which will claim a 20th league title, despite slipping up to Wigan and Everton in recent weeks.
"We have to go there knowing we are capable of getting a result,” he added. “We need to get a result now at the Etihad and there's no reason we can't do that.
“There's been the expectancy from City that it could be their decider - it's our decider too. It's a big game. It's always a derby of the highest proportions and next week will be no different."