Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes believes Manchester United's experience of winning titles gives them the edge in the race for the Premier League.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side are five points clear of Manchester City with seven matches remaining.
"There is a little bit of a sense of inevitability," said Hughes, a former manager of City and player for United.
"United have been in this situation so many times before, and City haven't. I think that can be key."
United are closing in on a record 20th league title and Hughes does not expect City, who he managed between June 2008 and December 2009, to close the gap on their neighbours and win the league for the first time since 1968.
"You sense that United are looking at fixtures, taking each game on its merits and just ticking off games they have to play from now until the end of the season," he said.
Hughes nonetheless hopes that his QPR team can cause an upset in the Premier League game between the two sides at Old Trafford on Sunday.
"Obviously we're hopeful that we're going to have a performance that will upset that plan in terms of what United expect from the game," he said.
"That is certainly our intention and we're not just going there to lie down and lose the game."
QPR are only a place outside the relegation zone on goal difference and face trips to Chelsea and Manchester City as well as Sunday's game against Manchester United. With such a difficult run-in, Hughes accepts that his side must target points from all of the seven remaining games.
"Our intention is to get something out of the game because of the situation we find ourselves in," he said.
"We'll make it difficult for them but certainly sense that, because of the situation and the turnaround that has occurred, United are in the box seat.
"You would be very surprised if they lost it from the position they find themselves in now."