David Silva admits that whilst Manchester City are chasing major honours this season, it is far too early to suggest that they are the only team that can rival Manchester United for the Barclays Premier League title.
The Spanish winger has rubbished claims that the race for the domestic crown is a two-horse race, and insists there are still a handful of sides capable of challenging for silverware.
"I would not discard Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal in the title race," Silva told AS. "It will not just be a duel between Manchester United and City."
United and City may have set the pace so far this campaign, with the Reds yet to drop a point from their opening five games. But Silva warned that Roberto Mancini's squad of players have come a long way both individually and collectively since last season, as they attempt to realise their ultimate dream.
"Since arriving in England I think I am a better player," he continued. "I am now more complete than I was during my time in Valencia.
"I think the pace of the English game has helped me - in one year I have improved a lot."
After helping City to land the FA Cup last season, Silva admits the free-spending Blues have now got a taste for the high life, and is hoping to play a leading role in the club's trophy quest going forward.
"This season we are better and our aim is to win big titles," he concluded.