It’s not exactly been the season Manchester City fans were expecting.
Following last seasons incredible title triumph, the Blue half of Manchester was expecting to find their team in a far better position at this point in the season, than twelve points adrift of their great rivals United with just eleven games to play.
This is a fact that is made all the more depressing for City fans considering they have already been dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages, meaning the FA Cup appears their most obvious opportunity for silverware this season.
But the more optimistic City fans will point to the fact their side trailed Manchester United by eight points with just eight games to play last season, and will remember the moment Mario Balotelli was sent off at the Emirates Stadium during their 1-0 defeat to Arsenal and everything appeared lost.
We all remember what happened next, as City somehow came back to record the most exciting title victory in recent memory.
Mancini will have told his players not to give up until it is mathematically impossible, and whilst it remains entirely out of their hands, here we have listed five things City must ensure they do if they are to have any hope of clawing back United’s twelve point lead at the top.