Rampant Man Utd have blitzed most of the opposition this season – but there could be tougher times ahead.
Nemanja Matic has warned Manchester United they have to be ready to face a backlash after their rampant start to the Premier League season.
The £40million midfielder says the road ahead is going to get tougher for Jose Mourinho’s pacesetters.
The Reds are joint top of the table with City and have been blowing away opponents with 21 goals scored in the league on top of seven in the Champions League and four in the Carabao Cup.
But Matic, who won the Premier League title twice with Chelsea in 2015 and 2017, suggests the opposition will get clued up on facing United.
“We cannot be relaxed for the future because we have to win more, focus because the teams now know how we play, the teams knows our formation, our players and, of course, in the future those will want to show they can play against Manchester United,” said the midfielder.
“We will be focused, we will be ready for that. It is going to be hard but that’s why we are here.”
United have only dropped two points in their opening seven league matches – against Stoke City at the bet365 stadium in a 2-2 draw.
But Matic says the squad are proving they have the strength and size to flex their title muscle.
“As you know, we win almost every game, we only draw at Stoke – in the Premier League it is very hard to do this,” he added.
“This can only be done by big teams, so we showed that we are a big team and we have to continue like this.
“This is very important for us to keep winning, to score goals because it’s going to be hard this year because every team is very hard, every team has great players.
“It is going to be harder and harder for us – not only for us, for every team – so we have to collect the points and to continue to work like this.
“But we are in a good position. The most important thing is to collect the points, not concede the goals, because this is good for our confidence.
“It’s too early to say someone is favourite to win the league, but for sure there is five or six teams who are going to compete this year.”