"We know that we're up against a rival in United who are in a very good moment," The Mirror quotes the defender as saying. "They have seven points more than us, but that's not much in this league.
"There's still a long way before the title is decided and there's still a margin to lose and recover.
"We hope United have a few games where they lose some points and we continue on this route, taking three points all the time."
United let an eight-point lead slip last season as City claimed their first Premier League title.