Zabaleta accepts all this.
But, as he points out, the prize at stake for City is enormous.
"We have all the incentive we need," the Argentina star told mcfc.co.uk.
"We know that we're playing for the title and this game will make the difference.
"We need three points. We are well aware that if we lose or draw, United can overtake us if they beat Swansea.
"We know what is at stake. I can see our players are very focused.
"The momentum within our team is incredible and there is a very positive atmosphere."