Who will it be as City and United go head to head?

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini tried to take the pressure off his players a few weeks ago by conceding the title to United.

The move worked but now his side are right back in it so how will they react.

It is not often a Sir Alex Ferguson team stutters in the home straight but defeat at Wigan and a 4-4 draw against Everton means both teams will now believe they can win it.

So who will it be?

City won 6-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the season and have started to play the kind of football that saw them streak to the front up to Christmas.

But Manchester United won at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup and are course and distance winners; they know exactly what it takes to bring it home.

It really is too hard to call and Fergie was right when he described next Monday’s derby as the biggest in his time at United.

If City win they will have the edge in my opinion, but they still have to go to Newcastle who are the real success story of the season.

A draw or a United win will give the Reds the upper hand in the last embers of the run in.

One thing is sure, it should be a fascinating evening’s football and millions will be glued to their TV sets at kick off time.

I was at Odsal on Sunday for the Bulls-Giants clash which was unremarkable in every way bar one - the state of the pitch.

The weather rendered the surface waterlogged and had it been a football match there was no way it could have been played.

It was and there is a fantastic picture knocking about of Danny Brough splashing in for the late try that clinched his side’s victory.

There is water everywhere as he aquaplanes into the part of the in goal area that had been vacuumed free of water just before kick off.

You have got to love summer rugby.

I got quite excited when I heard that Mark Allen accused Cao Yupeng of an illegal push during his first-round defeat at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

If there is one sport that could do with a bit of physical contact to beef it up, it is snooker.

Imagine my disappointment when I discovered it was no more than a push shot which had caused the controversy.

Back to the paint drying watching for me.

Congratulations to Robin van Persie on his PFA player of the year award.

Imagine where Arsenal - and Arsene Wenger - would be without him.