Gael Clichy is confident Manchester City will soon return to the form that saw them crowned Premier League champions last season.
City lost for the first time this season last weekend, against bitter rivals United, but their performances during the opening half of the campaign have not been particularly fluent.
They are six points adrift of United at the top of the table but Clichy knows that is not an insurmountable deficit and is backing his team-mates to come good in the long run.
"For me the problem this year is that we are not playing as well as a unit as we did last year and that's what we have to work on," he said.
"I am very confident though because we have the quality and I am sure we are going to be there at the end of the season.
"I personally believe and feel that we have a mission and its aim is to become champions again.
"The feeling within the team is great at the moment and I hope that the fans are behind us because we will need them to go all the way.
"We hadn't lost a game for a long time at the Etihad but it is done now and the only thing we can do is focus on the positive things that happened during that game.
"We went 2-0 down and again we showed great team spirit in getting it back to 2-2 - apart from the last 20 minutes of the first half, I don't think they were on top of us.
"When you lose a game in the last minute it's always difficult - but we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We know what we did well and what we didn't do so well and we have to try to avoid those bad points."
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