However, Manchester City were too strong for their derby rivals at The Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening after Pep Guardiola's side were resounding 3-1 winners against Manchester United. It's November. It's a lot of games, we haven't finished the first round, a lot of things can happen in football.
"When he came to Manchester, you had to accept that he is going to play this kind of football".
"We played a great game and a deserved win", the Brazilian told reporters.
"If the third goal is scored in one of the moments where they were dominating I would probably say so but it comes in a moment where we were in the fight to get the equaliser", he said.
Indeed, their derby defeat left Manchester United in tenth place and seven points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in the final Champions League spot.
"Now we can feel good, we made an incredible month, after the worldwide break after we drew at Liverpool, missed a penalty at the end, and we made an incredible performance after this month".
There was contact between us, but I don't know if it was enough for a penalty.
"A league title was never realistic but, with a couple of additions, it is realistic to think they can make the top four and Champions League, then look to step up next season".
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The 3-1 loss put the Red Devils 12 points behind City at the top of the table, equidistant to Cardiff City in 18th, and they now have a negative goal difference.
"It was hard, they defended so deep and they are aggressive, they follow man to man".
This comes after the Red Devils suffered an embarrassing defeat against Manchester City and they are now 12 points behind their city rivals.
"The bottom line is, United's recruitment hasn't been as good as City's".
"It's handsome to watch and I'm sure our fans are so pleased with our performance".
None of that makes it any easier for fans to see City 12 points ahead of United after 12 games. That's the way people that don't understand football analyse football, is with stats.
It's highly unlikely he will repeat the feat this year, with just one blank this season - only Fulham, without a clean sheet, have a worse record.