Consecutive defeats against West Ham and Newcastle United have left Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini somewhat concerned ahead of the huge derby at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Although Manchester United's form has been inconsistent, the Citizens matching poor record will be paired with a series of worries for their Chilean boss.
An impressive West Ham side battled desperately against the champions to claim their latest victim of deadly form of late.
But things got worse for Pellegrini during midweek and their attempts to maintain their Capital One Cup champions status when they failed to beat miserably poor Newcastle courtesy of goals from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko.
David Silva then went on to pick up what seemed like a crunching injury to his knee which will rule him out for three to four weeks, and more importantly means he will miss the huge visit from Louis van Gaal's side, who are now unbeaten in four games.
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Things got worse for the Citizens when Yaya Toure limped off with a minor groin strain just after the hour mark, although Pellegrini admitted in his post-match interview that it was nothing to worry about, and it would ease off in a couple of days meaning that he should be available for the crucial and highly anticipated derby on Sunday.
"At this moment I feel that we are not playing well due to lack of trust in the squad."
It is not just the past few embarrassing results that have left the Chilean boss unimpressed. Earlier defeats to Stoke City and having to claw their way to victory against Hull didn't put the gaffer in good spirits and finally the 61-year-old has come out to reveal his thoughts.
"At this moment I feel that we are not playing well due to lack of trust in the squad," he was quoted saying by Yahoo Sport. "Of course we must be worried - we didn't win the three games we played this week."