Manchester United manager Erik ten Hague is not yet ready to declare his team as Premier League title contenders.
The Red Devils are in great form and have climbed to within a point of second-placed rivals Manchester City. If Pep Guardiola’s side fail to win at Chelsea on Thursday, United can leapfrog them with victory in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford next week.
United have been tipped as outside contenders to challenge for the title, with fans growing optimistic once again.
But speaking after Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth, Ten Hague was quick to play down those expectations.
“It’s a big step, no, we have to go from game to game and progress,” he replied when asked if United were ready to challenge for the title. “Belief is growing. That’s a good sign, and that’s a good feeling.
“We have to understand that we have to play every game with 100 percent energy, 100 percent focus and 100 percent as a team, and if you keep that philosophy, it’s possible, but you have to go from game to game. .
“Don’t get too far, it’s January, not even half the season. Next game is Everton. [in the FA Cup]We have to focus on it, it’s coming fast, enjoy the 24 hours and then move on.”