early-season talisman David Silva to send on Carlos Tevez. The change seemed ineffective, however, until the Blues bagged the quickfire double late on and there was certainly no fairytale finish for City with a winner proving elusive.
The 3-3 draw leaves Mancini's men two points behind United having played one more match. It means the Reds could be five points clear at kick-off against QPR on Easter Sunday, after travelling to Blackburn Rovers for the game in hand on Monday night.
Three of Saturday's other results were bad for Blackburn, who are now out of the relegation zone by virtue of goals scored only. QPR are level with them on points and goal difference after they surprisingly beat Arsenal 2-1 at Loftus Road and Wigan Athletic also have 28 points after they beat Stoke City 2-0 at home. Bolton moved above Rovers into 16th place after winning 3-2 away to bottom club Wolves.