"Though the gap between them and Manchester City seems large, I still believe two or three excellent additions will make them competitive".
United's struggles for consistency with their current squad have them sat eighth in the English top-flight, with 12 points separating them from the summit and seven from the top four.
"Pep's in his third season here, it's my second and I can see the team has a deeper understanding of his ideas".
"The game", he said, "was open in a week when they play three home games and have 6-1, 6-0 victories, relaxed, everything nice and easy and we play two matches away, hard where the second was like a final against one of the best teams in Europe where we give everything physically, mentally".
United will trigger an option in De Gea's deal to keep him at the club until at least 2020 but negotiations over a longer agreement are proving hard, with little progress made over the last month. "He made some movements with the legs, we can avoid it, but he's young and he's going to improve", City's manager said. "We remember it went 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, so we said we had to stay focused, keep trying to play and make chances".
"Every player was saying the same thing: 'OK, guys, don't do the same as previous year, be careful, pay attention.' So when we came back on the pitch, we played better than the first half, so won the derby". I tried to get the ball, it happens. The City loss was United's fourth in the league this season - the first time they have lost that many in their opening 12 games since the 1990-91 season, when they finished sixth in the old First Division.
Sergio Aguero added a second goal three minutes into the second half, and after Anthony Martial gave United hope of mounting another memorable comeback with a goal from the penalty spot, substitute Ilkay Gundogan clinched victory for City.