Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott reckons Manchester United are starting to look over their shoulders as the Blues continue to progress.
Lescott was part of the City side that beat the Red Devils 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday to set up an FA Cup final against Stoke.
While United are on course to land a record 19th title this term, Lescott believes City are fast closing the gap and will be meeting their rivals more and more in big games over the coming years.
The England defender said: "I know United are top of the league and will probably go on to win it.
"But I think they are looking over their shoulders now and thinking about the way we are progressing.
"In the next couple of years we're going to be getting to semi-finals and finals a lot more.
"We'll meet them more and more."
City are looking to claim their first piece of silverware since winning the League Cup in 1976 yet Lescott insists there is no pressure on them to beat Stoke next month, even despite all the money the club has spent.
He said: "Manchester City winning a trophy would be huge. I don't think there is a deadline or a need to win by a certain date.
"I don't think anyone is saying 'we have to win the Cup this year, the league next' or anything like that."
Lescott does, however, admit that ending the club's trophy drought in the FA Cup would be special.
"It would be great to win any silverware but the FA Cup is a bit different," he said.
"The chance to win it and end the 35-year wait....it will be fantastic.
"I have been surprised by how much the manager wants to win the FA Cup. He sees it as a chance to win something special."