Guardiola refuses to write of Man Utd title hopes

Date published: Tuesday 5th February 2019 2:17

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has refused to rule Manchester United out of the Premier League title race.

Guardiola namechecked numerous challengers in his press conference ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with Everton at Goodison Park.

City can go top of the table with a win over struggling Everton, due to their superior goal difference over Liverpool, but Guardiola has not been stupid enough to rule anyone out of the running, including Man Utd.

United sit 14 points behind the leaders Liverpool with just 13 games to go.

Asked if Tottenham can challenge, Guardiola said: “It is a question for yourself!

“I never say Tottenham was not there, or Chelsea. United is making this run of victories every single week. If Chelsea are able to do games in a row, they are a contender to win the Premier League. There are 39 points to play for, it is not too much. Everybody is ready to take points.”

Asked whether City have moved up a level from last season, Guardiola said: “I would like to say yes but after the Newcastle game the question would be completely opposite.

“I feel we are much better than last season because we have had more time together but at the same time we will see tomorrow the desire with which we are going to play the game.

“Goodison Park is always a tough game for us. Depending on the results, the approach is the same. Go there, try and make a good performance and win the game and of course we have the chance because Liverpool don’t play to go top.

“It was a long time ago that we lost there. I don’t go thinking about the first year, we made an exceptional performance there in the second year. Every game is completely different.”

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