David Silva believes it is far too early to suggest that the Premier League title race will be a face-off between Manchester's arch rivals.
United and City have set the pace so far this season, with the Red Devils yet to drop a point five games into the campaign.
It has already been suggested that the pursuit of top flight glory will be a two-horse race, with the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal having already slipped off the pace.
Silva, though, is refusing to read anything into such reports and claims there are still a handful of sides that could get their hands on the silverware.
"I would not discard Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal in the title race," the City playmaker told AS.
"It will not just be a duel between Manchester United and City."
Silva helped City land the FA Cup last season and he admits the free-spending Blues have now got a taste for the high life.
"This season we are better and our aim is to win big titles," he said.
The World Cup winner is hoping he can play a leading role in City's trophy quest, with it his opinion that he is a better player now than he was when he arrived at Eastlands in the summer of 2010.
"In one year I have improved a lot," he said.
"Since arriving in England I think I am a better player.
"I am now more complete than I was during my time in Valencia. I think the pace of the English game has helped me."