It is often said the big games take care of themselves and that teams should focus on picking up victories against the lesser opposition.
But United’s record against the top so-called six is something that must be improved upon.
Taking points off your direct rivals is vital, and scoring against them can cause some psychological blows in the opposition’s defence.
United are doing the first part, by drawing with City, Chelsea and most recently Liverpool.
But at the moment they cannot score in those matches, even with the influence of Fernandes, and that has to change.