Antonio Valencia
Manchester United's Valencia scores past Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Hennessey during their English Premier League match at Molineux in Wolverhampton in central England. REUTERS

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes the pressure is starting to show on Manchester City after they relinquished their lead at the top of the Premier League.

City closed the gap behind rivals United to just one point when they came from behind to beat Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. Roberto Mancini's side can reclaim top spot when they face Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, with United set to host Fulham on Monday night.

The two clubs are set to meet in a heavyweight clash at the Etihad Stadium on 30 April but former Manchester United forward Robson has tipped Sir Alex Ferguson's side to trump their city rivals as the title race heads to the wire.

"City are building. Over the last three years they have come a long way," Robson is quoted in the Daily Mail. "Winning the FA Cup was a big thing. At least they have a trophy in the cabinet.

"You can't dismiss them for this season. They still have a great chance. They believe that. We will only be able to assess where they are at the end of the season.

"But the first time, you do feel the pressure. As soon as you slip up, that pressure is on you. It looks like it won't be your year."

City were five points clear earlier in the season but stumbled with losses to Everton and Swansea City as United strung together an impressive nine game unbeaten run.

Nevertheless, Robson believes United's experience in previous seasons will give them the edge as the title race enters a crucial phase.

"I do think the race has just swung slightly to United now," Robson added. "Because of their experience over the years Manchester United will not take it for granted. They will not ease off.

"United are definite favourites now. You can never do anything in football by looking down at fixture lists but on paper, City have the worst of it.

"The other thing in Man United's favour is that they have been there, seen it, done it, year in, year out for the last 20 years. The manager is so experienced. He knows how to handle it."