Roberto Mancini will hope for a favour from Tottenham after Manchester City did their job ahead of United's trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday, beating Fulham 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium. A brace from David Silva ensured pressure was applied by the champions as they attempt to hunt down their neighbours.
Mancini does not expect any big-name signings in January, but he was boosted by the return of two important squad members as Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri took to the bench against Fulham. And the duo were treated to a goal after two minutes, as Silva pounced on Mark Schwarzer's parry after Edin Dzeko had fired at goal. Steve Sidwell shaved the outside of a post for Fulham, who found themselves without the ball for large periods, and tension grew for the home side as their slender lead became increasingly precarious. However, with 20 minutes left Silva got his second, capitalising on Carlos Tevez's delightful touch to seal the three points.