Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho claimed his side proved they can compete with the best after they produced a stunning comeback to beat Manchester City 3-2 on Saturday.
The Citizens knew a win would secure the Premier League title and they raced into the lead against their bitter rivals.
Centre-back Vincent Kompany headed home before midfielder Ilkay Gundogan doubled their advantage before the break.
Raheem Sterling missed several chances to finish the game off, before United produced a sublime second-half display.
Paul Pogba scored a quick-fire brace before Chris Smalling volleyed in from a free-kick to ensure City’s title party had to wait.
Mourinho’s tactics have been criticised on occasions this season but the former Chelsea boss admits his team proved a point at the Etihad Stadium.
“Of course they wanted to do it today, but they are going to win the title, just not today,” he told reporters.
“They’ve won more points than the others but they gave no chance to the others. Hopefully City can beat Tottenham to win the title, as our challenge is to finish second, so I get the chance to congratulate City for their title.
“The team that people think we are, we’re not as bad as people say we are. What we will try to prove is that we’re the second best team in the country.
“We need six points in three matches at home and away to finish in the top four, and to finish second I think is very important as we are four points ahead of Liverpool.”