Man U are in must win matches against Liverpool and Chelsea coming up right after the international break this coming weekend.
The Telegraph-Ander Herrera believes Manchester United must put down a clear marker against Liverpool and Chelsea after a stuttering start to the season but claimed it is far too early to be fretting about their position in the table.
United were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at home by Stoke City on Sunday after spurning a plethora of chances and have now taken just four points from the past 12 available in the Premier League ahead of a daunting run of fixtures.
Jose Mourinho’s side travel to Anfield and Stamford Bridge in successive league games after the international break, either side of a Europa League tie at home to Fenerbahce, as they attempt to gain ground at the top of the table.
United are sixth, five points adrift of leaders Manchester City, four behind Tottenham, and three adrift of Liverpool and Arsenal.
Chelsea’s win over Hull City at the weekend means they are level on points with United.
But while Herrera believes it is imperative United show an immediate reaction against Liverpool and Chelsea and avoid a repeat of their poor displays after the last international break, when they lost to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford, he is adamant that there will be so many twists and turns in the title race that no one should be obsessing about the league standings at this stage.
“After the last international break we lost three games in a row so we have to avoid that,” the midfielder said. “We have to come back very strong. We have to play two very tough Premier Leagues games away at Liverpool and Chelsea and between them Fenerbahce in the Europa League. That is a very important game as well.
“We want to win to be able to face the rest of the group in a calm way. But in football you never know. Maybe we go to Liverpool and create [only] two chances and yet we win the game.”
Asked if United could afford to lose more ground in the games against Liverpool and Chelsea, Herrera said: “You never know. When I was in Spain, I remember United being eight points ahead of City with only six games left [in 2011/12] but they still lost that title.
“So in the Premier League, anything can happen whether you are in front or behind the opponent.
“Against Stoke we are very sad because we should clearly have won this game. These are the kind of games we shouldn’t draw at home because we played fantastic.”