Manchester United fans shouldn't revel too much if Manchester City keep dropping points, as they could come back twice as strong next season.
Manchester City had a big blow at the weekend as they lost and Manchester United won, opening the gap at the top of the Premier League to 12 points.
The question City fans and the rest of the league are waiting to find out now, is will that gap increase of decrease?
It's likely the latter, the title race is often like a pendulum and City are too good not to see it swing back in their direction again, even if catching United is a long shot, they should at least hope to halve the deficit and take it from there.
If that happens, which is reliant on United dropping points and City not, they can aim to win at Old Trafford and hope United suffer a similar collapse to last season.
From a personnel point of view, City's problems are already making waves; in the media at least there is talk that players such as Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri could all be sold.
While this should be taken with a pinch of salt, on the other side of the coin, there is discussion that City could look to spend not big but huge money on Edinson Cavani and Victor Wanyama.
Right now at 12 points behind United and having suffered a Champions League meltdown, it's a fact that City's season has not gone to plan and has been a big disappointment.
If the season continues to get worse then it will strengthen the resolve of the hierarchy at City to have a big shake-up in the summer, moving players on and bringing in superstars.
Last season the club were a little complacent until a deadline day panic spree, which didn't help, it's likely decisions are already being made to be major players in this summer's transfer market.
If City can improve from now until the end of the season, perhaps it will simply paper over the cracks, but this is when City will find out about their players, those who want to play for their futures at the club will dig in and pull out the stops, and those who see their destiny elsewhere will continue to slip in and out of form.
But City's rivals shouldn't get too cocky, especially United. Because just like United responded to their title loss by buying last season's Footballer of the Year and coming back stronger; there is every chance City make a similar impact as they have the resources and desire to do so.
Which is at least a ray of light for City fans who will not feel overly cheerful right now.
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