In its quest to capture back-to-back league titles, something that has not been done since United took three in a row from 2006 to 2008, City have lacked that something special early on.
As a result, Roberto Mancini's men have drawn four times, although they have yet to record a loss in the Premier League this season.
With just over a quarter of the campaign in the books, the champions will have to do something extra to get over the hump to push for a repeat.
But when push comes to shove, what exactly can City do overtake United and Chelsea while fending them off late in the season?
Here are six bold predictions for the rest of City's campaign.