Pep Guardiola has played down suggestions that trips by Liverpool and Manchester City to Old Trafford will decide the title winner.
Liverpool will travel to Manchester on January 24th to face a resurgent Man United that is yet to lose in seven games overseen by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Man City will have their tie against their town rivals on March 16th but that can be rescheduled due to progress in cup ties.
"If Liverpool are in front two or three points going to Old Trafford and United are 10 or 12 points behind us, what do you think I am going to think the day before that game? But I don't know. We have to go to Old Trafford too and try to win there. If United beat Liverpool - perfect - but if United beat us the situation is the same,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
Liverpool came from behind to win 4-2 against Crystal Palace to extend their lead to seven points ahead of the Citizens but that gap may be maintained or reduced depending on City’s performance against Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
“We can do what we can do against United (but) Liverpool - zero, nothing. I don't have the telephone number for Solskjaer! What we can do is beat United when we go there. It is a big mistake to think about that when you want to compete in all the competitions and focus on what we have to do. Before United-Liverpool I'll tell you more clearly but there are many games for both sides before those games,” Guardiola added in explaining how he has little influence on the outcome between Man United and Liverpool.