Darren Fletcher has dismissed Manchester City's claim that the title is United's to lose as nothing more than ‘kidology'.
Appropriately enough, it was former United No2 Brian Kidd who made the statement after assessing a table that has his old club top on goal difference from the Blues, but crucially also with two matches in hand.
But similar statements about Chelsea came out of Eastlands earlier this season, when it was felt Roberto Mancini was merely trying to take the pressure off his own team.
And Fletcher is not taking any notice of what Kidd has to say now.
“It is just a bit of kidology,” said the Scotland skipper. “It is still early stages and lot of teams will feel they are capable of winning the league. We are one of them. We are in a good position. We are top of the league with games in hand. But it is easy counting the points. You have to win your matches and your games in hand.
“This is the important part of the season when you really need to kick-on.
“After January, when all the big games come in the title run-in, that is when it is important to be playing well and winning games.”
Indeed, Fletcher views City as one of the most serious threats to United's attempt to reclaim their championship and register a record 19th success.
It might not sit comfortable with the Old Trafford faithful but there is little doubt a decent portion of the vast amount of cash that has been invested by Sheikh Mansour has been spent wisely.
And when that happens, Fletcher concedes it is inevitable City will become contenders.
“Manchester City are realistic title challengers,” he said.
“When you have that much money to spend and sign that many quality players, they are going to be a threat.”