Matic defiant in title chase

Nemanja Matic feels that while the Premier League title race isn't over just yet,  he has warned that Manchester United cannot afford to drop too many more points.

The Red Devils head into their league tie with West Brom at the Hawthorns 11 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City after 17 games.

While Pep Guardiola's City are yet to lose, having drawn just once this season, Jose Mourinho's United have won 12, drawn two and lost three of their games played.

A win over their city rivals last week would have narrowed the gap to five points, but the game ended 2-1 in City's favour.

United have since beaten Bournemouth 1-0 as City demolished Swansea 4-0.

And ahead of facing the Baggies on Sunday, Matic told Soccer Saturday: "The gap is big, obviously 11 points is a lot, but the league is not finished. 

"I'm sure there will be very interesting games until the end, and of course that they will drop some points. We will see what will happen.

"As I say there are still many games to play and I think that we are not out of the title race. If we want to catch them, we have to win almost every game."

He added: "But as we know, and as everyone knows, in the Premier League it is not always possible to win every game, but we will try to do that.

"Obviously we are still in the title race. We also have the cups, we are in the knockout stages of the Champions League, so Manchester United is going game by game to be in there."