Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United's dramatic draw against Chelsea proves they have the mettle to pip Manchester City to the Premier League title this season.
United had trailed 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after a Jonny Evans own goal, a Juan Mata volley and a header from David Luiz put the home side firmly in command.
But two penalties from Rooney and an 84th minute equaliser from Javier Hernandez ensured the spoils were shared and closed the gap at the top of the table to two points.
And, although Rooney concedes United's pursuit of a 20th league crown would have been further aided by leaving London with all three points, they demonstrated the spirit of champions to fight back against the Blues.
“Of course it’s two points lost, we understand that, but after being 3-0 down all the City players at home won’t have enjoyed watching us, the way we fought back and the spirit of the team," he told Sky Sports.
"They know it will be a long fight and we’ll be there to the end. We fought well and fought hard and that point could win us the League.
“We have shown that over the years. A lot of teams would find it easy to put their heads down and accept defeat but we carried on, worked hard and thankfully got something out of the game."
Up next for United in the Premier League are north-west rivals Liverpool, while City have the opportunity to further extend their lead when they face Aston Villa next Sunday.