Joe Hart has insisted that Manchester City are 'not a flash in the pan' and will bounce back next season, while he views Monday's derby at Old Trafford as a chance to start repairing the damage.
Roberto Mancini has already conceded that City will not defend their Premier League title after falling 15 points adrift of Manchester United, with just eight games of the season remaining.
Hart insists City have still shown their quality this season and could have been much closer to their rivals, but he does not want to get too downhearted and is targeting victory over United on Monday.
"We've not fallen away," said Hart. "People will say it's a massive backward step not winning it, but it's not that.
"We're still the side to beat, still competing with every game, we've still kept our respect and dignity and we'll come again. We're not a flash in the pan.
"It's just we've not quite finished teams off and little things haven't gone our way.
"But we have other things we have to keep an...