Nigel De Jong insists Manchester City are still fighting for fourth place in the Premier League despite their heartbreaking derby defeat.
City could have had the points secured before Paul Scholes' last-gasp header gave The Red Devils all three points at Eastlands.
The defeat allowed Tottenham to retake the final UEFA Champions League position after they upset league leaders Chelsea on home soil.
De Jong admits the defeat hurts, although should they finish the campaign in fourth spot then all the pain and anguish will be forgotten.
"If we get fourth this will be forgotten - that is football," said the Dutchman.
"If we can get into the Champions League, no-one will be complaining about the four games against United.
"Losing at home to United is going to hurt. But we are still in the fight.
"We have to try to bounce back and show people what a great team we are."
City entertain Spurs at Eastlands on 5th May and the former Hamburg and Ajax man believes that clash could be the top-four decider.
However, things are not easy for Roberto Mancini's men before that with tricky-looking games against Arsenal and Aston Villa on the horizon.
"The Tottenham game looks more and more like the crunch," he continued.
"But we have Arsenal and Villa before that, so they are pretty big games, especially Villa because they are direct opponents for fourth place.
"People are forgetting about Liverpool but they are still out there as well, so we need points, or one of the other teams will get them and take fourth themselves."