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City close as United stumble revives title race

Manchester City made the most of Manchester United dropping points against Everton to move within three points of the Premier League leaders by beating Wolves.

Everton twice came from two goals behind in an extraordinary 4-4 draw away to United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

City, who knew United's result before they kicked off, then won 2-0 against Wolves to relegate the Black Country club and revive their bid for a first English title in 44 years.

That win saw them move to within three points of United ahead of the Manchester derby at City's Eastlands ground a week on Monday, where victory for the hosts will see them replace the champions at the top on goal difference with two matches left.

Argentina forward Sergio Aguero's 27th minute opener put City ahead at Molineux before Samir Nasri's goal 16 minutes from time made the game safe for the visitors as Wolves, who had to win to stay up, were relegated with three games left to play.

Everton were 4-2 down with seven minutes of normal time left and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports afterwards: "We've thrown it (this match), away, absolutely given it away."

Looking ahead to the derby, Ferguson said: "We've given them (City) the initiative. It makes the game at the Etihad Stadium more important -- it's the decider really."

Ferguson, who acknowledged the City game would "definitely" be the biggest derby of his long United career, added: "We need to get a result now at the Etihad and there's no reason we can't do that. There's been the expectancy from City that it could be their decider - it's our decider too."
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