Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic insists the title race is still far from over despite his side extending their lead to 15 points on Saturday.
United have dominated the Premier League for most of the season and their 1-0 win over Reading, combined with Manchester City’s defeat at Everton, means they now have a huge advantage going into the final nine games of the campaign. Indeed many punters who beton premier league games have seen their title bets paid out by some bookies, convinced United will finish top of the pile.
However, United also led this time last season, but a series of poor performances allowed the Citizens to cut their gap before Sergio Aguero’s last minute goal saw Roberto Mancini’s men clinch the title in dramatic manner on the final day.
After the Red Devils won at the Etihad Stadium in December, the two sides are still to play for a second time this season and their return meeting will undoubtedly provide City with the perfect chance to cut the gap.
If any team can play their way back into contention it’s certainly the champions, who on their day have ability to totally blow their opponents away, almost at will.
Having lost out last season, Vidic knows how dangerous City are and has told his team-mates that they cannot afford to get complacent in the final months of the campaign.
"It is a big gap and we shouldn't let that change. We have the title in our hands," said Vidic to premierleague betting news reporters. "What happened last season is the reason why sometimes you can feel the fans get nervous.
"But I don't think we should allow that to happen again. We can't allow that to happen again.
"But we still have some tough away games at places that are traditionally hard for us so nothing is finished yet,” he added."