Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has admitted that his side have struggled this season to keep pace with Manchester United due to the Red Devils’ extra ruthlessness.
After losing out in the title race last term, United were heavily criticised for not taking their chances as the Citizens nipped in to claim their first Premier League trophy thanks to Sergio Aguero’s last minute goal on the final day.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have rediscovered their edge this time around, establishing a 15-point gap at the top of the table, meaning they are now well on course to claim the club’s 20th league championship.
By their own admission, United have not always been at their best during the current campaign, often struggling to build momentum in games before eventually showing their fighting spirit and battling for victory.
City have also had problems against some of the league’s lesser teams, but unlike their rivals, have often come unstuck, losing to both Southampton and Sunderland.
Hart admitted to the football betting news that his side have a lot to learn if they want to win the title again but says they will continue to do all they can to try and cut the gap between them and their rivals.
"Maybe we have drawn more games than we would have liked to but it has not been a perfect season - and it needs to be pretty perfect to win this league," Hart said to the Premier League betting news. "We have done well but we have been up against a killing machine that have kept turning out results no matter what.
"It is a tough league. It's hard to win games. Unfortunately when we do lose, United stretch that lead and it has been disappointing but we will keep going.”