manager Roberto Mancini has stated that he think rivals Manchester United
are the favourites for the Premier League title going into the new season.
The two clubs went head-to-head for most of last season and took the race right down to the final game of the season, with Sergio Aguero's 95th minute winning strike against QPR deciding the destination of the league crown.
However, ahead of the new term, the Italian boss believes Sir Alex Ferguson's side will be the team to look out for.
"I think United are the favourite team this year,” he told reporters. “We are maybe second, third or fourth.”
The Italian added: “I am confident with my players because we won the league and also because last year we beat a fantastic team like United.