Michael Carrick is confident Manchester United are peaking at the right time as they prepare for the derby on Sunday.
David Moyes' men take on cross-city rivals Manchester City having endured a tough start to the Barclays Premier League season and a frustrating summer in the transfer market.
Marouane Fellaini was the only high profile arrival at Old Trafford in the transfer window and, following an opening day win over Swansea, United went on to draw with Chelsea and lose to fierce rivals Liverpool.
But they bounced back with a league win over Crystal Palace on Saturday and then followed that up with an impressive Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
City have not had it all their own way this season either after suffering a shock loss to Cardiff, and Carrick is confident United can come away from the Etihad with some reward.
"I don't think we've played that badly so far this season," the midfielder told www.manutd.com.
"The Swansea game was a good game, the Chelsea one was tight, but Liverpool is always a bit of a one-off game which you can't really read too much into.
"We won at the weekend, and on Tuesday we took it to another level and improved again.
"Hopefully we can do it again on Sunday. The performance will breed confidence, and we'll have to do it all again on Sunday."