Joleon Lescott believes Manchester City possess the same 'never-say-die' attitude that has helped arch-rivals Manchester United cement their place at the top of the game, both domestically and in Europe.
The 30-year-old defender was speaking after the ten-man Citizens came back from a goal down to win 2-1 against West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday, with a look ahead to their must-win Champions League clash against Ajax on Wednesday.
Roberto Mancini's side claimed all three points courtesy of a 92nd-minute Edin Dzeko winner, after James Milner was sent off in the first half. Asked if City's performance had been a trademark United display, Lescott said:
"If we can take something from our neighbours and use it to benefit us then great," he is quoted by The Guardian. "We never know when we are beaten and have strength in depth in the squad.
"Edin coming on and scoring goals is a great asset to have. Playing with 10 men for so long [70 minutes] was hard. But we have got the manner of a side to us that not many people recognise and we showed it today. Even losing a man we didn't give up our ambitions. We tried to play and dictate the game.
"Everyone knows we are a good footballing side. But when we need to dig in and be together we can do that. We showed that."
City currently sit joint-second in the Premier League table, but in Europe it's been a different story, with the club having failed to win either of their first two games, after suffering a defeat against Real Madrid, and a home draw with Borussia Dortmund last time out, making Wednesday's game at the Etihad Stadium a must-win encounter.
"People are going to say the next two games are must wins for us," added the England international. "But I think every game from now until the end of the group stage is a must win.
"We can't rely on other people to get results for us like last year. We will go into the game on Wednesday full of confidence after today's performance."