Garcia plots title charge

17 December 2012 05:57:36 EST
Javi Garcia has his sights set on the league title.

Manchester City's Javi Garcia has warned title rivals Manchester United they will be hunted down for the rest of the season.

Garcia, who joined the club from Benfica in a £16m switch in the summer, has suffered a series of niggling injuries this season and initially struggled to impress at the Etihad.

However, the midfielder grabbed a goal in City's impressive 3-1 display at Newcastle United at the weekend and put in his best display since his arrival.

He has also handed boss Roberto Mancini a selection poser ahead of Saturday's home clash to Reading, with midfielder Gareth Barry available again after a one match suspension.

City remain six points behind rivals United at the top of the Premier League, but Garcia feels the win on Tyneside put a marker down for the rest of the campaign with regards their mental strength.

Garcia insists: "I think if we maintain those standards that we showed against Newcastle, I think that we can chase down United.

"If we play as well as that we are going to be very difficult to stop and if we continue to have that attitude we'll be very hard to beat."

City can be backed at 50/1 to overhaul United and secure a second successive Premier League title, while the current leaders are 1/500 to take the top prize and third placed Chelsea are 250/1.

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