And the midfielder insists Chelsea cannot be ruled out of the title running.
"I don't agree that only United can stop us winning it,” he told City's website. “The good thing about the Premier League is that anyone can pull off a surprise.
"There are other teams who can push up the table and challenge for the title. But having said that, I believe if we finish above United, we will win the league.
"It's still very early, there are still a lot of games left to play, so it is too soon to just say it is only the two of us. Chelsea are not far away It’s the games against good solid sides like Stoke that could ultimately determine who finishes first."