Ferguson: Derby means everything to fans
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted there will be a deep sense of regret for whichever Manchester club fails to lift the title this term.
At one point City were five points clear and apparently cruising to their first championship since 1968, while it is only three weeks since United held an eight-point advantage.
But now the pair meet at the Etihad Stadium on Monday knowing the victor will be overwhelming favourites with just two games to go.
"If one loses they will be reflecting on what might have been," said Ferguson. "The points total which both teams will probably amass, it is championship form.
"But it will be tinged with regret simply because it is the derby thing. You can't get away from it. It is our fans' most bitter rivals.
"For me it is just another league. For the supporters it is special."