Mancini’s side couldn’t afford to leave north London empty-handed on Sunday after United moved 10 points clear with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool earlier in the day.
“United are really strong and in this moment they are playing very well, but the season is long. It is important for us to be close to them at the end,” Mancini said.
“I don’t think we deserve to be seven points behind, but we are there and we need to play well. We have to keep strong if we want to have another chance.”
City to appeal
Meanwhile, Manchester City confirmed yesterday they would appeal against the red card handed out to captain Vincent Kompany. Kompany was dismissed 15 minutes from time by referee Mike Dean on the grounds he’d used excessive force in tackling Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, despite getting to the ball first.