With Manchester United surprisingly knocked out of the Carling Cup on Wednesday night at Old Trafford by Crystal Palace, Manchester City have been installed as favourites to add more silverware to the FA Cup they won last year, their first trophy in 35 years.

However, City owner Sheikh Mansour has his eyes on a bigger prize than that. Not even the gloomier prospect of an exit from the Champions League can shake his gaze from the Premier League.

"We must not forget that our main objective is to win the English Premier League and if we achieve that, then it will have an impact on the team and the club as a whole and will show we can achieve anything," he told the Al Ittihad newspaper.