Carragher explains why Manchester derby means more for City

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Manchester United take on local rivals Manchester City on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.

The local derby between Manchester United and Manchester City will have increased significance for the latter, rather than the former, because if City drop points they could effectively be eight to nine points adrift from Premier League pace-setters Chelsea - a near insurmountable difference - whereas if United lose, they still won't be far from the top four positions.

That is the opinion of Jamie Carragher, who believes the Blues - under Jose Mourinho's tutelage - look "the real deal" this season.

"I’d have to agree that [it means more for City], yes, because the gap between themselves and Chelsea is already too big for their liking," the Englishman, a former title challenger during his time at Liverpool, told Sky Sports.

"Six points will be hard to claw back anyway but if that gets to eight or nine, it will become extremely difficult to topple Chelsea.

"City started slowly last season and won the league so that will be in their minds but they didn’t have this Jose Mourinho team last season, a team that looks the real deal.

"Where Arsenal faded a little last term after getting an early initiative at the top of the table, I don’t think that will be the case for Chelsea.

"If United lose this, top four is still up for grabs, but if City lose it, the title looks a long, long way away," he concluded.

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