Nemanja Matic insists that Manchester United still have a chance of winning the Premier League this season.
It is widely accepted that City’s win in the derby last week ended all realistic hopes, but the Serbian midfielder who signed from Chelsea has said that he believes they can still be caught.
“The gap is big, obviously 11 points is a lot, but the league is not finished,” Matic told Sky Sports. “I’m sure there will be very interesting games until the end, and of course that they will drop some points. We will see what will happen. As I say there are still many games to play and I think that we are not out of the title race. If we want to catch them, we have to win almost every game.”
“But as we know, and as everyone knows, in the Premier League it is not always possible to win every game, but we will try to do that.
“Obviously we are still in the title race. We also have the cups, we are in the knockout stages of the Champions League, so Manchester United is going game by game to be in there.”
“I think we have a good team, we are second in the table, which is not bad. Obviously we are 11 points from first but we are improving.
“We will see. It’s difficult to say anything more because I am only four months in the club, and I am happy with how the team is doing.
“We have many young players, playing and improving with the team, and I’m sure in the future we can do big things.”
United will be missing Paul Pogba on Sunday as they aim to close the gap on City, and Matic admits the Frenchman is a big miss.
“He’s a very important player for us, he always brings some extra quality to our team,” Matic says. “So of course we miss him, but we also have some very important players to substitute him. Obviously when he comes back, for sure we are going to be stronger because as you know he has a lot of quality and he is very important to the club.”