Sir Alex Ferguson has scoffed at Roberto Mancini's insistence that Manchester United are still favourites to land the Barclays Premier League title.
Manchester City's 1-0 win on Monday has ensured that the destiny of the trophy is in their hands with maximum points against Newcastle and QPR enough to pip the Reds barring an improbable swing in terms of goal difference.
Yet Mancini disagrees with the bookmakers who rate his side as long odds-on shots for the championship and Sir Alex, in his regular interview with Countdown to Kick-Off on MUTV, admitted he wasn't sure if it was another attempt at mind games.
"He can do what he likes at the end of the day," stated the boss. "They've got to go to Newcastle and win that game and then I think they've won the league. Where he's coming from, I've no idea unless he doesn't think his team can beat Queens Park Rangers at home. We know what we've got to do is concentrate on our game. The good thing is we know what we've got to do - the only advantage we've got on Sunday is we'll now exactly where we are and hopefully we can do something about it still."
Sir Alex concedes Carrington has not been the happiest of places following the disappointing result and display at the Etihad Stadium.
"It's been quite muted and a quiet place to be," he admitted. "It's to be expected when we lose a game like that. Our job is to get the players up for the game on Sunday because it's such a big game for us.
"We have to analyse it [the derby] as it's part of the game. Even when we win, it's to see good and bad points and we've done all that. It's over with. It's not something we address with the players, it's for the staff's knowledge - myself, Mike [Phelan] and Rene [Meuelensteen]. It's for our knowledge in terms of could we have done something different? At the end of the day, there were some fantastic footballers on that pitch and we didn't do well enough."