By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger admits the two Manchester clubs are the ones to catch in this season's title race.

United and City go head to head at Old Trafford on Sunday with Roberto Mancini's side protecting a two-point lead over their local rivals at the top of the Premier League.

City have not won the title since 1968 while Sir Alex Ferguson's side are chasing their 20th championship after eclipsing Liverpool's record in May. But Wenger believes they are hard to separate this season.

"Yes of course [they are the teams to catch]," he told Arsenal Player.

"They have had good starts and have strong squads. You do not expect them to drop too many points but still I believe you could see that it is different for City and United in the Champions League. So everybody will drop points.

"It's very early to call Sunday's game a decider and it's amazing how quick people make conclusions. Let's not forget we have played eight games and we have 30 to go. Never has the championship been decided after nine games.

"It will be an interesting game to watch but overall whatever happens in this game the championship is still open. For everybody else in the Premier League the most interesting result would be a draw."

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