Manchester City left back Aleksandar Kolarov says they must show Manchester United respect ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby.
Manuel Pellegrini's side are six points behind table-toppers Chelsea after their 2-1 defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday.
On Sunday, it looked like Chelsea were going to take three points after Drogba scored in the 53rd minute but Robin van Persie's stoppage-time equaliser meant Chelsea finally left Old Trafford with just a point.
However, Kolarov reveals how important it is to beat Louis van Gaal's side and get back to form on Sunday?.
“Manchester United are always [a threat],” Kolarov told talkSPORT.
“They are a great club with a great history and if you don't respect them a lot they are going to beat you.
“Obviously they have changed a lot of players and they are progressing now. I think it’s important that we win the derby.”
Manchester United are four points behind City in the Premier League table after the Reds 1-1 draw with Chelsea.