Manchester City are not "a mess" and are going to Old Trafford to win on Sunday, according to Manuel Pellegrini.
Victory over Manchester United in the Super Sunday derby would take City above their third-placed rivals and mean a piece of history for Pellegrini's side: United have never lost five straight league games against the same opposition.
The champions will travel across town as underdogs having lost four on the spin away from the Etihad, while Pellegrini is facing accusations he is taking the team backwards.
But the manager is convinced City are performing well enough to halt their neighbours' recent resurgence.
He said: "For me, a draw is never a good result. I understand we are not having the results we need playing away - 2015 has not been a good year for us.
"We lost the last two games with two balls at set-pieces against Burnley and Crystal Palace, but we must continue to keep the good things we are doing because we are not a mess, we are doing a lot of things well.
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"We are not having the results we need so we must improve, but never in my way of thinking would I be happy with a draw."
A United win, combined with a positive result for Arsenal at Burnley on Saturday, would leave City four points adrift in fourth place and facing the possibility of a Champions League qualifier come August.
But Pellegrini does not expect Sunday's result to decide the finishing order one way or another.
He said: "Football has so many different things that can happen, but in my mind for my whole career is to try and win the next game you play. All the other things I don't think are very important.
"It's a very important game - it's a derby and we're very near in the table - but I don't think that the team that wins can think the season's finished. You have six games more to play and win."