Pep Guardiola claims the argument over which club is the biggest in Manchester is irrelevant on derby day.
The Manchester City boss accepts United have been the greater club historically but has no doubt his side, the reigning Premier League champions, have been better in recent years.
All that, however, will have no influence on the outcome when the sides meet at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, he believes.
"One is, no doubt, the quality of the opponent. I repeat, one game lost in almost 60, the numbers are incredible.
"When I review all the games we've played, even Norwich, we created 20 shots.
"We are the best team by far at creating chances and the best team by far at conceding few.
"We've been much better than the opponents but we are 11 points behind. So something has happened."