Yaya Toure might have returned from the African Cup of Nations to find Manchester CIty nine points adrift of Manchester United at the top of the table, but he is in no mood to give up the title fight just yet.
“We are futher behind than we’d like, of course, but all we need to do is think about last season to know what is possible.
“The title race is a long way from finished. It only takes a coupe of results to go our way and we’re right back in it - I’m sure we will come back.”
Toure’s remarks suggest he is confident that United will begin to flounder as they did last season when it also seemed that Alex Ferguson’s team were set to claim the title. It is interesting that the Ivorian has made the comments just days before United take on Everton in a repeat of the fixture that was a major factor in them squandering their lead in last season’s title race.
Manchester United led 4-2 going into the final ten minutes of that match, before goals from Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar gained the Toffees an unlikely point. That point meant that if City won their final three matches they would win the title, something they duly did thanks to Sergio Aguero’s last minute winner on the final day.
Yaya Toure’s own form was sensational in the closing weeks of the season, and now he and his team are no doubt hoping for a similar run in from their best midfielder. Whilst this year United have several more factors in their favour, including a bigger lead and the seemingly unstoppable Robin van Persie, Toure is right to suggest a couple of poor results could change the momentum of the title race, and if United were to drop points at home to Everton again, then old doubts might resurface amongst their players.
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