Really though, what is their best side? If they don't play Balotelli, they just play Aguero. If they don't play Nasri, they replace him with Johnson. If they don't play Silva, in comes Milner. There is no 'weak' City team and I don't think this draw particularly helps us if I'm honest - we are where we started.
Honestly? So if we'd have been away to United and City were home to Southend or Oldham, you don't think that would be different?
Regardless of what team City put out, they now have the pressures of a local derby thrown to in an already congested month. I'm not suggesting City have a weak team - I'm suggesting they have their first 'preferred' team and their second team. The second team ain't as strong as their first.
A lot depends on what happens to United and City in the league and what happens in our first game in the cup. If City are 8-11 points clear in the league, they may field a weakened team in the league knowing they could drop points without a significant consequence.
Either way, this draw clearly helps us more than City