David Platt has confessed for the first time that Manchester City thought they had gifted the Premier League title to rivals Manchester United.
The Blues' assistant boss is not referring to the unforgettable way in which they lifted the crown with practically the final kick of last season, thanks to two stoppage-time goals to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-2.
But Platt felt City had lost the initiative to Sir Alex Ferguson's side the month before, as they lost at Arsenal and trailed eight points behind with just six games remaining.
Roberto Mancini's side had led the table for 28 games prior to a miserable March, but came storming back to beat United and win their remaining games, as Ferguson's men eventually choked.
Platt, who is already looking forward to the City squad defending their crown, admits: "Robbie (Mancini) will tell you that he believed, but they didn't, because nobody thinks United are going to drop eight points.
"I don't take any credit away from our players, because to win the last six games of the season is never easy, but even in winning them, United's record over the season said they weren't going to drop eight out of 18."
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