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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Robin van Persie has urged his Manchester United team-mates not to get carried away by their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League ahead of today’s clash with Liverpool.
United face their old enemies at Old Trafford and victory will put them 10 points clear of second-place Manchester City, who do not play at Arsenal until later in the day.
The Dutchman, who has netted 16 league goals this term after a £24m ($38.7m, 29.1m euros) close-season move from Arsenal, wants his side to maintain focus.
“It is only seven points, you have to look at it game by game. We still have to go through the entire second half of the league and almost play everyone one more time,” said van Persie. “Nothing is decided. It will be tough and it will be hard. This weekend we have Liverpool and it’s a massive game for us.”
Van Persie has also warned against complacency when United meet Brendan Rodgers’ side.
“We have to look at the three points and it’s a bit like a derby, the teams being so close to each other,” said van Persie.
“There is so much history between them and there have been some great games over the years, going back a long way. They are a great team and, on their day, they can make it a really hard game for us.”
United defender Rio Ferdinand is also relishing the clash.
“I would say it is the fixture we look forward to first,” he said ahead of the match. AFP