Manchester believes manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes United can still pull off a title miracle.
United manager Solskjaer said: “Can we catch City? Stranger things have happened in football. Bigger leads have been given away.
“They have been strong and it’s probably too much to hope and ask for. But as long as we do our job then that’s the main thing.”
There is evidence to suggest his aims are not a flight of fancy.
In both the 1997-98 and 2011-12 seasons, the Red Devils blew eight-point leads to lose the title to Arsenal and City respectively.
Solskjaer added: “We have got to win every game in the league. We know that. After that we can only hope something happens to City.”
United also face Roma in the semi-finals of the Europa League and Solksjaer said: “The way we went out last season really hurt us.
“Sometimes set-backs can derail you but sometimes they can spur you on. We’ve lost four semi-finals and I’ve seen the determination to go all the way this time.”