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Erik Ten Hag dodges title challengers question ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Leicester

The Red Devils are closing the gap to the top, but aren’t there yet

Erik ten Hag has echoed Mikel Arteta in dodging questions about a title race ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Leicester City.

Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League, but the Gunners boss has refused to get carried away with title talk, insisting that his side take it game by game.

And, with Arsenal having dropped 8 points in their last four games, it has opened the door for Manchester United, who would sit just three points behind Manchester City and five behind Arsenal (though the north London side would have a game in hand) should they come through a tricky test against Leicester City.

Despite the upturn in form, which has seen them lose just once since the World Cup break, Ten Hag is also refusing to get carried away, insisting that his side focus on each game individually, rather than dreaming about titles.

“I can understand the question”, he began when quizzed on his side potentially being in a title race “but we go from game to game”.

“So the next game is the most important game. What we have to do is put ourselves in a position where we can win come April, where we can win trophies. There’s nothing else”.

Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag could win his first trophy at the club on Sunday, when Manchester United take on Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final. They will also know at that point whether or not they have advanced to the last 16 of the Europa League, with a second leg against Barcelona to come on Thursday with the tie tantalisingly poised at 2-2.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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