Title fight! Handbags between Mancini and Ferguson as City take back top spot
Published 22:38 30/04/12 By Mirror Football
Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini had to be pulled apart on the touchline as the two bosses clashed in the Manchester title showdown.
Ferguson and Mancini went toe-to-toe in the 78th minute in a furious row in the technical area after Nigel De Jong had been booked for a foul on Danny Welbeck.
Fourth official Mike Jones had to stand between the pair and members of United and City's coaching staff got involved as the feuding managers continued their verbal tirade.
The pair were eventually separated, with Mancini making a mocking gesture towards Ferguson with his hands to further enrage the United boss, who watched his side surrender the initiative in the title race.
Vincent Kompany's header in first-half added time gave City a deserved win and saw them draw level on points with United with two games to go to set up a dramatic conclusion to the title race.
City dominated from the start against United, whose defensive formation ultimately saw them come unstuck against Mancini's resurgent side, who now have the title in their hands.
Sir Alex Ferguson opted to recall Ji-Sung Park - who had not played for six weeks - to try to nullify the threat of City in midfield.
But the gamble backfired with City in charge throughout, Kompany's powerful header putting Mancini's men alongside United on 83 points.
City currently have a superior goal difference of seven, which could ultimately prove crucial if both sides win their remaining two games and end up finishing on the same points.
City go to Newcastle on Sunday, with United hosting Swansea the same day, before Mancini's men face QPR at home on the final day and Ferguson's side travel to Sunderland.