EVEN at a point when Manchester City seemed to be running away with the league title, their players were sceptical it would be as easy as that.
David Silva had warned about the Manchester United threat, his concern evident in his careful words.
"They are going to be pushing us all the way," said the midfielder, who's instrumental to City's rip-roaring start.
Defender Micah Richards went a little further less than a fortnight ago, maintaining that United are automatic favourites by virtue of their vast experience.
They were right.
In pre-season, I picked United to win the league - and I haven't seen anything to make me change my mind.