Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists his side are underdogs as the race for a top-four spot in the Premier League hots up.
United face City in an eagerly-anticipated Manchester derby on Thursday with both teams in danger of missing out on qualifying for next season's Champions League.
City are fourth in the table, only a point ahead of United, but Mourinho also has a two-legged Europa League semi-final tie against Celta Vigo to think about in May.
If United win the Europa League they will qualify for next term's Champions League irrespective of where they finish in the Premier League.
United are 10/11 to win the Europa League outright and 15/8 to finish in the top four while they can be backed at 16/5 to beat Pep Guardiola's team on Thursday and 4/1 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.
"They [Manchester City] play now one game a week until the end of the season while we have the [Europa League] semi-finals which are very important for us," Mourinho said.
"Obviously to play one match per week brings teams and players to other levels, so it's more difficult for us but we are going to try.
"I would say this can be the first season of the next five or six or seven. It can be the first season of better years.
"And the reality is even in the first season of better years we won already [the Community Shield and EFL Cup], and if we manage to win the Europa League and in August to play the European Super Cup against the Champions League winner, it will be magnificent."