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De Bruyne: Man City, United fighting for title

De Bruyne: Man City, United fighting for title

"Hopefully tomorrow our fans can be like at Stoke City and Liverpool and support us in the bad moments, because we play a lot of games".

United finished three places below City in sixth last season but have been boosted by the form of De Bruyne's global teammate Romelu Lukaku, who has 11 goals in 11 appearances, following his £75 million move to Old Trafford in the summer.

The 29-year-old missed the last three Manchester City games and both of Argentina's World Cup qualifiers earlier this month following his road traffic accident in the Netherlands. "Everyone's trying for the same goal, you have guys at Chelsea, Tottenham - and the Belgians are everywhere at the moment". However, that form came to a stuttering halt around this time past year with defeats to Tottenham and Chelsea in the Premier League and Barcelona in Europe.

"I said many times over the last weeks, we played good in the last games but always we can improve", Guardiola said.

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Pep Guardiola's Premier League leader continued its superb start to the season on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Napoli, making it three wins out of three in the Champions League.

"Just that we are winning", De Bruyne explained when asked what the difference between last season's City side and the current one were. "But we'll put hard work into it and we have to keep going".

The Brazilian has started the campaign in good form but Schmeichel insists that David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois give City's rivals "an edge" with Ederson still unproven.

"Chelsea are going to be competing, they are going to be taking points off all of the teams around them, but I think ultimately the teams with the deepest squads - Man City and Man Utd will be very close [to winning the Premier League title]".