Robson predicts tight finish
Bryan Robson believes there will be "more twists and turns" in the title race before one of the Manchester clubs is crowned champions.
Former United skipper Robson is backing the side which keeps a cool head in next Monday's derby at the Etihad Stadium to triumph.
But Robson insists City will still have plenty of work ahead even if they come out on top against the Red Devils.
Robson said: "There will be more twists and turns in the season. Three months ago City were eight points clear of United with the home derby to come.
"But it turned around, United went five points in front and now it has changed around again with City back in it.
"City are back in form, have played very well the last two games, but on their day United can pick their game up and they are a match for anyone.
"They have loads of experience for the big games and for me it's about who is going to handle that atmosphere and the occasion the best on Monday.
"The players who stay mentally focused and calm will probably go on to win the game."
Robson believes United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will view winning the Premier League this season as one of his greatest triumphs given the resources available at City.
But Robson expects Ferguson to overhaul his squad this summer whatever the outcome of the title race during the next three weeks.
Robson said: "If United pip City for the title, Sir Alex will take extra pleasure because it is at the expense of the local rivals.
"There has always been great rivalry between the two clubs but for the first time in many years, City are up there challenging for the title.
"That is why for Sir Alex, with it being Manchester City, it will be extra special for him, because of the resources City have got.
"They've got a great squad while Sir Alex has brought a few kids through and had a lot of injuries to contend with this season.
"It will be a great achievement if United win the title this season. It will give Sir Alex great satisfaction."
Robson expects City to continue to spend big money on their squad but believes Ferguson will also be busy in the transfer market this summer.
He said: "City can afford to do that (bring in top players) but the one thing Sir Alex will do, whether he wins the title or not, is to build in the summer.
"He will do that to try and compete and get back above, or to stay in front of Man City, depending on what happens during the next three games."