MANCHESTER CITY playmaker David Silva is wary of arch-rivals Manchester United and accepts there is little room for error in the title race.
City strengthened their status as favourites for the Premier League crown as they won at Hull last weekend while leaders Chelsea slipped up at Aston Villa. Those results left City trailing the Londoners by six points with three games in hand, but they still have a number of difficult fixtures among the 11 they have remaining.
Of those, the derby against fallen champions United at Old Trafford next Tuesday is starting to loom large.
Attention will shift fully to that game after Saturday's home clash with Fulham and Silva admits City's proven superiority over United this season could count for little on the night.
The Spaniard said: "First thing, we have to think of Saturday, but a derby is a derby. At the moment we are better but in any derby anything can happen.
"So we just have to go out and win the matches. It's a derby but the powers (in the city) don't shift in derbies. We have won (there) the last two years, and hopefully this will be the third one."
Silva also believes what happened to Chelsea last weekend should serve as a warning that City cannot afford any complacency in such a competitive league.
And with Liverpool and Arsenal also still in contention for the title, any slip-ups could be seized upon by rivals.
Silva said: "In this league every game is difficult and it's important to keep your focus.
"It happened to them (Chelsea) and it has happened to us – every game is difficult and anyone can beat anyone.
"This is why you have to fight all the way to the end in every single match."