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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

Manchester United
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Toure cleared for Manchester derby

Yaya Toure has been cleared to play in Monday's Manchester derby against United, and he warned the Red Devils that the Premier League may already be out of their hands, despite the fact they lead the title race with three games remaining.

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Toure watched on as United threw away a 4-2 lead in the final ten minutes of Sunday's game with Everton, drawing 4-4. That results means City can win the title if they triumph in their remaining matches of the campaign.

Crucially the Manchester derby is up next, and if United avoid defeat in that fixture they will be firm favourites to defend their Premier League crown. However, Toure is of the opinion that it is destined for City to lift their first top flight title since 1968.

"This club has wanted the Premier League for a long time," Toure said. "In my opinion we have somebody who is trying to help us win the title this year.

"To see United lead 4-2 and end up 4-4 was incredible. Sunday was an unbelievable day for us. To see United drop points at home is strange, I find it quite surprising. Now we have a second chance.

"We have the team to win all the games. We have the quality and we have the mentality to win all these games. We have to win all three games and then we will see what will happen after."

Toure faced the prospect of missing out on what Sir Alex Ferguson calls "the biggest derby of my reign", after footage was studied of a photo that appeared to suggest he gestured at Wolves fans during Sunday's 2-0 victory. The midfielder has been cleared of any wrongdoing, and he is feeling few nerves ahead of Monday's battle.

"It will be an unbelievable match and I'm very excited," Toure said. "We are at home but if you look at the record of United, they are very strong away and it will be very difficult."

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