Even though Roberto Mancini had defined Sunday's derby at the Etihad as a game "we can't lose," the Manchester City manager still insists that all was not lost following a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in stoppage time that leaves the defending Premier League champions trailing their neighbors by six points.
His belief is no doubt founded in the still fresh memories of last season and its climax. "We won the league with the last touch of the ball. This can happen," Mancini reminded everyone.
City, as their long-suffering fans will never forget, recovered a much bigger lead in a much smaller time-frame to win their first league title in 44 years, closing an eight-point gap with only six games to play between April and May. So don't be surprised if City aren't panicking at finding themselves six points behind United in December. Because Premier League history tells us it can mean little at this stage.
United supporters know this only too well. In late January of 1996, their team ...