Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini hopes this week could prove the turning point in the Premier League title race - despite a lack of action.
City's chances of retaining their crown look slim but Mancini hopes Manchester United 's cup exertions can derail their season.
With a 12-point lead and just 10 games remaining, United are firm title favourites but they suffered a blow to their pride in midweek as they crashed out of the Champions League to Real Madrid .
Sir Alex Ferguson's men must pick themselves up for a testing FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea on Sunday.
Mancini, whose side will be expected to make comfortable progress in the same competition at Championship side Barnsley's expense, said: "It's possible because when United play Chelsea it's possible that Chelsea will beat United.
"It's not impossible in football. One or two weeks can change everything. For this reason, we should be confident for the Premier League. If they are so strong that they will win all th...