Manchester United have fallen behind Manchester City - Nicky Butt

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Manchester City are two points behind where they were at this point last season, but in their 3-1 slaughter of archrivals Manchester United on Sunday the defending champions showed they might actually be even better. "It was a scrappy game but we kept a clean sheet and won, so it's a good feeling".

"This is good for them and good for the team because when you have two centre-backs playing so well they give confidence to the rest of the team and the guys upfront feel that and they do an wonderful job with the ball".

"On Sunday anyone who had a bit of common sense knew it was going to be a very hard game, that they had their work cut out, and every single player had to be at the top of their game to get a result off that team". And, to be honest, we have got a challenge on our hands to get there'.

Manchester City are getting even better and could have won the Manchester Derby by even more if they had gone for it, according to Ederson.

"'So let's fight to close the gap and jump into the top four, if one day we jump into the top four, we'll see what the difference is".

"We nearly didn't give United any chances bar the penalty", the Portuguese said.

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"It looks like they understand each other and that's good because both of them have the quality to play with the ball and they have improved a lot without the ball as well", he said.

A fourth loss of the league season means United remain eighth, behind Bournemouth and Watford, thanks to their negative goal difference.

Sterling needs to make just seven more starts in the Premier League and Champions League combined to prompt another £500,000 instalment of the complex deal that took him to the Etihad three years ago. "But I'm not going to say it's not impressive what they have done, obviously it is".

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has hit out at those choosing to use "stats" to analyse Manchester United's performance in their 3-1 defeat at rivals Manchester City on Sunday. "We stayed focused. We know it was a derby, and for the fans, and for us, the team and the city it's very important".

"When a goalkeeper makes a mistake, there is no one to save the goal". "It's Mourinho's Manchester, and Mourinho is the type of manager who has always played this type of football". "Another three points, that's the most important thing, and a good performance from the whole team".

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