Sergio Aguero claims he would not add a single Manchester United player to Pep Guardiola’s City squad.
The Red Devils have fallen behind their so-called noisy neighbours in the Premier League pecking order following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, but they still have a number of high-profile figures within their ranks.
Paul Pogba is the most expensive player in world football, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are two of the highest-rated youngsters in Europe, and David de Gea among the finest goalkeepers in the business.
None, though, are good enough for City, according to Aguero.
City and United are set to rekindle old rivalries at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday in an eagerly-anticipated derby encounter.
Just one point separates the two teams heading into the game, with Jose Mourinho’s side having closed the gap on the top four.
Victory in midweek would lift them into the Champions League spots, but City will be looking for home comforts to help them become upwardly mobile.
They will also be hoping to provide a positive response to their Wembley disappointment last time out, with Arsenal having dashed their FA Cup dreams with an extra-time success at the semi-final stage.