David Silva has warned Manchester City's top-four rivals there is much more to come from the side this season.
City closed to within seven points of leaders United thanks to their 1-0 win over Wigan on Saturday. Now they can forget about their pursuit of a Champions League place for a couple of weeks as they attempt to secure a passage into the Europa League quarter-finals by beating Dynamo Kiev and reach their first FA Cup semi-final in 30 years by overcoming Reading next Sunday.
It is not a bad position for a club who always appear to be on the brink of a crisis, the latest coming because of Kolo Toure's failed drugs test. And Silva is confident City are only taking the first steps on the path to glory.
''There is a lot more to come,'' he said. ''It is difficult because it has been a lot of people's first season here. It is hard to gel and come together as a unit in that short space of time. But we have proved we are becoming more of a proper side and the more we play together the better we will become.''
Silva certainly has no intention of choosing which competition he would prefer to win. Given the squad that will be at Roberto Mancini's disposal when everyone is fit, the former Valencia man sees no reason to.
''Let's hope we can get both,'' he said. ''We are in a good league position now and still alive in the two cup competitions. Let's hope we can keep doing this and stay in the top four and at least guarantee the Champions League next season.''