Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes that Manchester United are still in the Premier League title race.
The Red Devils are currently 13 points behind leaders Chelsea, but the Catalan thinks that the entire top six are still in contention.
This is despite the Blues having gone on a 12-game winning streak to pull away from the chasing pack.
‘Six teams are fighting for the title. It will be a good fight until the end of the season,’ Guardiola said ahead of the Citizens’ game against Liverpool.
He added on their next opponents: ‘Liverpool are contenders [for the title], definitely. I was lucky enough to play against Jurgen Klopp, we know each other well.
‘We have to equal their intensity – Anfield will play a big role.
‘You cannot compare to what Liverpool and United did [in the 1980s and 90s]. Step by step, that’s the way to get better.’
While United still seem some way off Chelsea despite winning their last four top flight games, City are slightly closer.
The Sky Blues are seven points behind Antonio Conte and co., but that could be extended to ten by the time they play Liverpool on Saturday evening – with Chelsea playing earlier in the day against Stoke City.