Last Updated: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:50
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling claims beating Manchester City to the Premier League title will give them extra pleasure.
Smalling is only too aware about the rivalry between the two clubs and feels success this time around for United, who are chasing a record 20th championship, would be even more special for that very reason.
United are currently three points clear of City at the top of the table going into the final eight games of the season, and the England international is now quietly confident about their chances of reigning their crown.
By contrast, their neighbours' form has been patchy to say the least since the turn of the year, particularly away from home, and many observers believes City's lack of experience in this type of situation is counting against Roberto Mancini's squad.
Smalling told reporters: "It definitely means more because it's City. It's down to us two now and it's massive.
"The media build it up and as players we definitely want to win it because we know quite a few of their players. It's going to be crucial to get those bragging rights for next year.
"We've probably had enough injuries for most of the teams in this league. Luckily we have the squad to be able to cope but it says a lot about Manchester United that no matter the adverse conditions we have, whether it's injuries or a tough run of games, we tend to come through it."
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