Former Manchester City winger Steve McManaman says unrest in the camp at the Etihad Stadium won't have an impact on the club's search for trophies this season.
Incidents including Carlos Tevez's refusal to warm up against Bayern Munich, Kolo Toure's disciplinary heading and the resignation of chief-executive Garry Cook, coupled with Mario Balotelli's off the field antics has drawn plenty of attention away from the club's flawless start in the Barclays Premier League.
Such has been City's start that many feel they're favourites for the league title this season, particularly following their emphatic victory over Manchester United, and McManaman says any off the field problems are quickly forgotten come game time.
“The City players are all professional footballers, and whether you play for Crawley Town or Manchester City, you just want to win games,” he said.
“Regardless of whether you dislike one of your teammates or not, something that brings you together is that you all want to win the Premier League.
“None of the stuff off the field would ever have bothered me. You can have players hating each other but it doesn’t matter if you go out together on a Saturday and win.
“But when you look at City’s results and the celebrations, talk of it being an unhappy camp is clearly a long way from the truth.”
“City are now favourites to win the league, especially after the mauling they gave United at Old Trafford,” he added.
“They have a five-point gap at the top of the league, have arguably the best squad in the league and could still invest further in January if they need to.
“It’s only two months into the season but City are the biggest and best around."