Michael Carrick has attempted to whip up tension ahead of Sundays Manchester derby at The Etihad Stadium by playing down their rivals' good Champions League form this week.

Carrick's United side haven't made a perfect start to the season, but neither have City and the two are fifth and fourth respectively.

New manager Manuel Pellegrini has continued the Citizens' traditional of big spending by completing big money moves for Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo.

By contrast new Red Devils' boss David Moyes made only one acquisition to the side that wrestled the title back of Roberto Mancini's side last season, in what proved to be Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge.

The two Manchester clubs were favourites this time around but Pellegrini's men have faltered at Cardiff City and Stoke City.

Moyes' men couldn't record victories against their rivals Liverpool and Chelsea.

However, both returned to winning ways in the Champions League group stages this week.

Carrick has told The Manchester Evening Standard that he isn't overly concerned about comparisons: “I don’t really bother too much about City to be fair because I am more interested in ourselves,

“They are a top team with good players but I am more interested in what we’ve got and what we do.

“I don’t think you can look outside your own business. We concentrate on ourselves.

“It hasn’t been a perfect start to the season but it hasn’t been a bad one. We are just looking to improve and progress and the next chance is against City. These are the games everybody wants to play in.

“We have had a stop-start beginning to the season and people have been asking questions as normal but our performances haven’t been too bad but against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday we got a good performance and a great result against a good team.

“It was a huge game for us and it gives you confidence going into Sunday.

“We were very pleased with our performance. It was a polished performance. Tactically we got it right. In possession we were good, defensively we were good but disappointed we conceded the two goals because we’d looked solid. But, overall, we looked a good team and there were a lot of positives.”

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