Jose Mourinho has insisted that Manchester United still cannot be described as title contenders or favourites, despite one of their best ever starts to a Premier League season.
The Reds are joint top of the league with local rivals Manchester City, only separated by goal difference.
Yet, after six wins in seven games, Mourinho has once again reiterated his belief that title contenders cannot be labelled until later in the season.
“It’s too early, it’s too early – only seven matches,” the Man United boss said in the wake of his side’s 4-0 victory against relegation strugglers Crystal Palace.
United have been in superb form early on. Saturday afternoon’s victory against Palace was the fourth time United have won 4-0 in the league this season, in only seven games.
With 21 goals scored thus far, Mourinho’s men are averaging three goals a game, only beaten on that front by City, who have scored once more.
Tougher tests are coming up for United, though, and this early season brilliance will be genuinely challenged for the first time by Liverpool in the first game back from the international break.
Mourinho has spoken of his frustration at the timing of the break for United, with the two-week pause in club fixtures disrupting their momentum.