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Manchester City winning title in derby not the 'end of the world' - Mourinho

MANCHESTER -- Jose Mourinho insists it will not be the "end of the world" if Manchester City clinch the Premier League title against Manchester United this weekend.

City need to win the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening to become the earliest top-flight champions since 1956.

Mourinho was on the other side in 2006 when his Chelsea team beat Sir Alex Ferguson's United at Stamford Bridge to win the title.

And the Portuguese coach insists he is not worried about the prospect of watching City's celebrations.

"I won the title at Chelsea against Manchester United," Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.

"We beat United 3-0 and we won the title at Stamford Bridge in 2005-06. But it was not the end of the world, Manchester United didn't finish. It was just football.

"The only thing I can say is that we want to win, we don't want to offer them the game.

Jose Mourinho's Man United can put off Man City's title win if they avoid defeat to Pep Guardiola's side.

"It is normal that you want to delay the champions becoming champions. We would like to beat them, we would like Spurs to beat them next week, we would like them to be champions as late as possible.

"That is normal in football but in this case obviously they are going to be champions because there is a very significant difference."

City need 12 points from their remaining seven games to break Chelsea's record of 95 points when they won the title in 2005.

United have eight more points than they had at the same stage last season and have already scored more goals than they managed in the previous campaign.

But Mourinho says City's form has made them "impossible" to catch.

He added: "I think they are going to beat Chelsea's total from 2004-05 and that does not make it easy for the teams coming behind them and even for teams with positive seasons and with positive number of points and with significant improvement on the previous season.

"In our case I think we have eight points more than last season, more goals scored, less goals conceded, but Manchester City made it impossible for the others.

"So what do you want me to say? Congratulations for the great Premier League season they are doing?

"And the moment they become champions, which will be sooner rather than later, I will react the same way that other people reacted when I won three titles in this country."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

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