Paul Pogba has admitted that Manchester United are not on the same level as Liverpool just yet, ahead of the top-of-table clash at Anfield on Sunday.
United are top of the Premier League table with three points ahead of old rivals Liverpool, having won nine out of eleven games.
Although Pogba says his side can win their first Premier League trophy since 2013, the France midfielder believes their title credentials will be severely tested on Sunday.
Pogba said in an interview with Sky Sports:
“We have improved a lot, we keep improving but we still have a very young team.
“Obviously we cannot say now we are at the same level as them because they won the Premier League and keep winning so the day we win – that is when we say we are at the same level.
“If you want to be the best you have to beat the best. We want to beat the Premier League winners.
“We know how good they have been playing over the last few years – we know their quality and how they play. It’s always been a tough game. We know how difficult it will be and we just have to focus and try to stay at the top.
“I think we can win it if we keep our focus but there’s a lot of teams that can win it – we are not there yet, we are still very far.”
Pogba also admitted the clash at Anfield is “everything.”
“It’s everything. We all know the neighbours Liverpool has always been a tough game, and obviously they won the last Premier League. To be the best you have to beat the best, and that’s what you want. You want to progress and get better and better.
“We know how good they have been playing in the last few years. We know the quality and we know the way they play, and obviously you want to beat the Premier League winners. That’s the mentality we have to have.
“And with the points, it’s everything all together that makes a big impact. But we have to only focus on ourselves and our performance, and we’ll see then.”