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Don't rule United out of title race - Mourinho

ESPN staff
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Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United cannot be ruled out in the Premier League title race as they get set to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The sides come into the clash on the back of contrasting form - Chelsea are just two points off league-leaders Arsenal and are six games without defeat, while United look set for a battle just to secure Champions League qualification next season.

United have lost three out of their last four games but, despite dropping 11 points behind Arsenal over the last few weeks, Mourinho thinks United are still in with a chance of retaining the title and that Chelsea must respect their status as reigning champions.

"I've not written them off, no. I think, if you look at the table, obviously Arsenal and Manchester City are the top two teams," said Mourinho.

"I repeat: Man City have different ammunition for such a difficult work for everybody. But we are not far. Liverpool have a fantastic opportunity to do it. It's almost unique, the fact they're not playing in European competitions.

"Read the match programme, my notes. I start by saying we don't play a team who are 11 points behind the leaders. We play against the champions. We play against Manchester United. This is how I feel."

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