Manchester United have had a difficult start to the season, but United midfielder Marouane Fellaini doesn’t believe his side are far behind City, despite trailing their rivals 12 points.
United lost two of their first three Premier League matches against Brighton and Tottenham back in the summer at the start of their campaign, but have slowly improved and featured a memorable victory in the Champions League at Juventus.
However after their final league game before the international break, United were beaten 3-1 by City at Etihad, after which Jose Mourinho declared his side are already out of the title fight.
But Fellaini is refusing to give in or accept that his bitter rivals and neighbours are perfect, telling Sky Sports United are not as far away from the PL leaders as the table suggests.
When asked if the result had emphasised a significant gap between the two teams, he said: “I don’t think so. I remember when I arrived in England it was a top four, now it is a top six, so every year it is more difficult.
“Next season we will see how it changes and in two and three years I think every year it is more difficult, the intensity is higher, so that’s why the Premier League is attractive.
“Manchester City are strong, but I think they will lose. Ok, they are very good and they have good players but it’s possible to beat them. We lost, but we have the second game at Old Trafford and we will see.”
The tally of 20 goals in 12 games matches up with the 68 they netted last season, although the conversion rate from shots has fallen from 20% to 17%. But it’s defensively where United’s problems lie. Last season they conceded 28 times, which equates to 0.73 a game, but have already shipped 21 goals this season, at 1.75 a game.