Gary Neville likes what he sees from Manchester United's youthful side and backs allowing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave.
Anthony Martial scored for the second game in a row to put United ahead in the 27th minute, but Ruben Neves levelled with a brilliant curling strike from outside the box shortly after half time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed Daniel James a full debut in a young United side as new signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire once again look very assured.
"I like this team a lot more," Neville said.
"I look at the team and they all want to be at the club - perhaps Paul Pogba has aspirations to leave the club and play elsewhere. But he's settled down. It's a team that's got energy and youth - I like it.
"It's not slow or boring. They are having a go. It needs two or three senior additions that will make them really good but if that team can grow together.
"They are not going to take over City in the next 12-18 months but when Pep Guardiola leaves City and if Liverpool don't recruit as well as they have done, then Manchester United must be ready to pounce. And if this develops, they've got a big chance of doing something in two years' time."
Solskjaer has admitted Sanchez could follow Lukaku out of Manchester United before the European transfer window closes.
Sanchez's agent has held talks with the Premier League club on behalf of Inter Milan regarding a potential loan deal for the forward, according to Sky in Italy.
And Neville would not be sad to see the Chilean leave.
He said: "I welcomed him coming to the club as he's a tenacious forward that plays across the line and scores goals. But it's been a disaster. I have no idea what's happened. There must be two of him. The one that played for Arsenal and Barcelona and then the one that's turned up in Manchester. They need to get him out of the club.
"Romelu Lukaku didn't want to be there. It's a phased transition at the club. There's four or five that don't want to be there - he needs to get rid of a couple this year and a couple next year."