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United, City begin the year with big EPL wins

LONDON - Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini fears losing out to archrival Manchester United for the signature of Robin van Persie could prove the difference in this season’s Premier League title race.

The prolific Netherlands striker did little to dispel that theory Tuesday.

Van Persie ushered in 2013 by taking his league-high tally to 16 goals with a brace in United’s 4-0 win at Wigan, maintaining the team’s seven-point lead over City.

City also made a statement of intent to kick off the new year, easing past Stoke 3-0 at home, but is now relying on some slip-ups from United.

AP

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