Former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy believes Manchester City are now the favourites for the Barclays Premier League after their thumping win at Old Trafford last weekend.
Doubles from Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko, coupled with goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva capped a memorable win for City, inflicting upon United their heaviest defeat in the history of the Premier League.
And Van Nistelrooy, who scored 150 goals for United in six seasons at the club believes last weekend's derby win leaves Roberto Mancini's side as clear favourites.
“I think at the moment definitely [Manchester City are favourites] because they are up there and with the run of form they are having lately. The win at Old Trafford obviously makes them the favourites for the title this year," he said.
“There is still a long way to go.
“Clubs like Chelsea and definitely United will be hanging in there until the end and we will have to see what happens because it is a new team [at City].
“The money that has been spent on the [City] team in the last two, three years is remarkable but they have made a team out of it now which is on the top of the Premier League and in the Champions League so they have done something well there.
"It will be interesting to see how it develops when they are now on top and if they can handle that all the way through to the end of the league.”