Pep Guardiola downplayed Man City’s performance in their 3-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday.
The Citizens were 3-0 up inside 40 minutes thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.
And they could have added a fourth shortly before half-time, but De Bruyne saw his strike superbly tipped on to the crossbar by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
However, Guardiola believes his side played better against United than Arsenal.
When asked if the thrashing of the Gunners was City’s best display in recent weeks, the Spaniard told talkSPORT: “No way. You analyse the result, your job is to analyse the result.
“One performance and so on, so we’ve played other games much, much better and couldn’t win.
“But of course, a win at Arsenal is good. You have the obligation to analyse more than the result.
“We won a game. We played better against United and unfortunately we couldn’t win.
“Today we weren’t at our best, but we won and it was important.”
City remain 14 points behind leaders Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp’s men secured a 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday.
But with the Reds’ match against West Ham postponed due to their involvement in the Fifa Club World Cup next weekend, City could close the gap to 11 points if they beat second-placed Leicester.