Yaya Toure believes Manchester United’s delight at a goalless draw in this week’s derby shows the progress made by neighbours Manchester City.
A draw between the two Manchester clubs kept the fight for Champions League places very much alive, with City boasting just a one point advantage over United.
However, City dominated the derby, with Pep Guardiola’s men producing 19 shots on goal compared to United’s three.
City midfielder Toure says the defensive-minded approach of Jose Mourinho’s men is a far cry from when he first moved to the Etihad in 2010, when Sir Alex Ferguson’s United were in their pomp.
"Yeah, it is a big change because in the past United were always able to dominate,” said the 33-year-old.
"They were always able to control and win games, and seeing the fans celebrating like that it shows that City have come close.
"Of course, the history and achievements of United is much stronger but we are coming. They know now we are difficult to play and they tried to do their best to defend and use the counter-attack.
"To be honest we played well but when you don't win it is difficult to take it."