Manchester United keeper Anders Lindergaard believes that the title race is still open to Chelsea as well as Manchester City, despite City currently leading the Barclays Premier League table.
United and City have both started their campaigns with big wins and have a goal difference of 19 and 21 respectively.
And with many pundits predicting this weekend’s derby clash to be one of two title deciders over the course of the season, Lindergaard has argued that third-placed Chelsea can’t be counted out yet.
"Four games ago I would have said it will be between City and United, but Chelsea seem to be going well as well,” he told the official United website.
"You can't say it is just about United and City now. It is too early.
"I think City have looked very good. They have quality players in all positions. They have two for each position, just like us. There is no doubt it is going to be a tight race this year."
While there is special significance in the match-up with City this weekend, with the history between the two sides allowing for fiery encounters in the past, Lindergaard insists that the United squad will prepare the same as they do every week, with every game being taken in the same level of seriousness.
"One of the things that impressed me most when I came to United is that every game is handled the same way," he said.
"It doesn't matter whether it is Crawley at home or Chelsea away. It has always been very serious. It seems like one of the cornerstones of this club is to always take your opponent seriously.
“It is going to be a normal build up to the City game, as it would be with any other."
Sir Alex Ferguson has clearly been preparing for the City showdown, with the manager making his selection choices for the Liverpool match and Champions League trip to Otelul Galati this week based around who will be at full fitness to take on the club’s cross town rivals.
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