Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says ‘stranger things have happened in football’ amid the slim possibility of an extraordinary Manchester United title win.
Solskjaer’s side are now in the exact same position City were in 2012, when they trailed United by eight points with six games left to play and clawed back the deficit to clinch the title on a remarkable final day.
If City lose at Aston Villa on Wednesday and United win their next two league games at Leeds and at home to Liverpool they could be two points behind City, provided they play before City on the weekend of May 1.
“I am really proud that we never give up and we have proven so many times this season our fitness and resilience,” Solskjaer beamed. “We’ve come back, we scored three goals last week, we’ve had a midweek game, we’ve scored three goals in the second-half today as well.
“Our fitness and confidence and belief has improved so much this season compared to last year, that’s big, big progress.
“Probably unrealistic but stranger things have happened in football. We just have to do our job and see what anyone else does.”
United travel to Leeds, host Liverpool, head to Aston Villa, then take on Leicester and Fulham at home before playing away at Wolves on the final day.
After the Villa fixture on Wednesday, City face Crystal Palace away, Chelsea at home, Newcastle away, Brighton away and end their domestic campaign with the visit of Everton.
Nine years ago, United lost at Wigan, capitulated from 4-2 up to draw 4-4 with Everton and lost 1-0 in a decisive defeat at City to allow their neighbours to go above them on goal difference.