Paul Pogba has revealed that Manchester United are not at the same level as Premier League champions Liverpool just yet, ahead of the top-of-table clash at Anfield on Super Sunday.
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.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Pogba said: “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.”
United are top of the Premier League at the 17-game mark for the first time since their 2012/13 title-winning season under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Pogba is relishing the challenge of trying to stay there.
“That’s why I came here,” he added. “That’s why I came back here. It was to go and win.
“Obviously when you come you want to win straight away. But things happen. You try to build, and sometimes things happen you didn’t expect, but it’s for a good reason. Maybe this year we can win it, who knows? It made us improve, know about ourselves, get more experience, so everything happened for a reason.
“In my head you always want to win the first year, second year, the third year, but it’s not as easy as it seems.
“You have teams that have been great as well, our neighbours have been great, everyone is building teams, buying top players, so obviously this league is the best league in the world, and you know it’s not going to be easy.”
“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.”