Vincent Kompany has no complaints about the result in Sunday's derby, but he is promising City fans that he and his team mates will do everything they can to close the gap with United.
It was the versatile 23-year-old's first visit to Old Trafford and he says he will be the better for the experience.
"This is just the start for us", he declares. "Credit to United because they won 2-0, but I hope that in the years to come it is going to be a different story. I was not here for the game last year, but I doubt City have had so much of the ball in a game at Old Trafford. I don't think we were outplayed for a lot of the game, and in the last 10 minutes we opened up a bit.
"We played some good stuff and losing hurts us and the supporters but you have to get over it and you have become stronger through adversity. I am one of the guys who are not too happy about the first goal. But, I don't want to get into that too much, there has been too much of that kind of thing this week and I am not a fan of that".
Reflecting further on the defeat, which leaves City in 10th position in the Barclays Premier League table on 47 points, the Belgian international added,
"The result was fair enough, because they scored two goals and after that it was difficult for us. We were a completely different side to the home game against them and we showed that in the next derby we will be more of an opposition to them. They had respect for us, and we deserved that, but to be honest that's what makes the difference between United and other teams.
"We had a lot of possession and had good combinations, sometimes you can get a good result at Old Trafford without touching the ball. That was not the case for us because although we had a lot of possession and a lot of time to construct the game, we did not get the first goal like United did, and that made it difficult for us".