Manchester City '90 minutes from history' - Pablo Zabaleta

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta
Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta

Manchester City's players will become club legends by clinching an historic Premier League title on Sunday, says Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta.

Leaders City will be crowned English champions for the first time since 1968 if they beat QPR at the Etihad Stadium.

Second-placed Manchester United also have 86 points but would need an unlikely goal swing to better City's superior goal difference of eight.

"We're only 90 minutes away from making history," said full-back Zabaleta.

"If we succeed it is probably the start of a new era for this club."

City know they will win their first Premier League title by matching the result of neighbours United, who travel to Sunderland in their final game of the season.

Roberto Mancini's men have clawed their way back into pole position after overturning an eight-point lead held by United in April.

But relegation-threatened QPR, managed by Mancini's predecessor Mark Hughes, know they need at least a draw to guarantee their top-flight status for next season.

"As a team, I think it's going to be without doubt the most important game we've ever played in," Zabalata told Manchester City's official website.external-link

"We want to do it for our fans who I know have been waiting for a long time.

"The only thing I can say is that all the players will do their best against QPR and we will do everything we can to win the title.

"We're very close but nothing is done yet, so we'll see on Sunday."

Meanwhile, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson flew out to watch the German Cup final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich on Saturday - less than 24 hours before his team's crunch clash.

The Red Devils have been linked with a move for Dortmund's Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa, 23, in recent weeks.