Manchester City: Why Defeat to Manchester United Will Win City the League

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Manchester City: Why Defeat to Manchester United Will Win City the League
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Samir Nasri escapes the attentions of Michael Carrick

Often in the Premiership season, a result in a separate competition can have a substantial effect on the destination of the title.

The festive period wasn't as merry as Roberto Mancini would have liked—losing away to Sunderland, drawing 0-0 with Roy Hodgson's West Brom and showing very little despite winning against Wigan.

Despite this, Manchester City still sit proudly atop the English Premiership.

However, the loss to rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup could prove important for the rest of the season.

Here's why.

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