Yaya Toure sees the balance of power in Manchester derby bending firmly in favour of the “difficult neighbours” and believes Manchester United fans know it.
Manchester City literally dominated Thursday’s derby game at the Etihad Stadium but, however, could not get  a winning goal despite Marouane Fellaini’s late dismissal.

United fans were caught on camera jubilating the draw, even though it kept City a point ahead in fourth place, and Toure has been around long enough to take note of the shift that represents.
On his arrival in England seven years ago, United were the Premier League’s pre-eminent force but City are on course to finish above their forever rivals for the fourth year in a row since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
“I think it is a big change. In the past United were always able to dominate, always able to control and win games. And now, seeing the fans celebrate (a draw) like that, means City is coming close,” he said.
“Of course, their history and achievements are much stronger, they have much history, but we are coming.


“All the time when we finish above them during the season it means City is improving very well.
“We are a difficult neighbour.”
The battle between the Manchester sides this year has been interesting on a number of levels, not least due to the presence of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in the dugouts, but the rewards were supposed to be grander than a top-four finish.
They were prediction that they would be battling for league titles and cup trophies, a situation Toure still expects to unfold after both teams strengthen in the summer.
“United and City are always fighting for the title, every year, this year is quite difficult and quite disappointing,” he said.
“United are building something very interesting, we have to be aware of that and City next year are going to be a much stronger team.”
The Ivorian star could not withstand a well-aimed jibe in United’s direction, even in the process of tipping them to strengthen.
“Next year, I hope United is going to attack a bit more,” he added archly.
Whether Toure will be part of City’s next year  campaign remains unknown. He was sidelined by Guardiola when the he arrived only to find back a key role in the squad. 
When asked if he expected to be offered an eighth year at the club, the 33-year-old said: “Why not? It depends on the club, as a player I just do my job.”

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