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Published: 09:57 | 18/10/16

Ibrahimovic: United can challenge for title

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is optimistic that Manchester United can mount a title challenge after holding Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Of the top seven teams, only Arsenal and Chelsea managed to take maximum points at the weekend with Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and United all dropping points.

United are seventh, five points behind City, but Ibrahimovic is in no doubt they will still be in the mix come the end of the season.

"The season is long. I see many teams are losing points at the same time. Any week, different things can happen so it is important to win the games you need to win and stay on the top," Ibrahimovic said.

"I mean, if you win two games in the row you're on the top. That's the way it has been so far. If we can get the wins we need to win the points then we are in touch, but it is a long season. We are there, we are fighting, we are getting points. We just need to click and then it'll be easier."

Ibrahimovic had the perfect opportunity to open the scoring at Anfield when he rose to meet Paul Pogba's cross in the 54th minute, but instead of heading the ball towards the goal, the Swede's effort went back into the six-yard area.

"It was difficult. I needed to chase the ball instead of attacking the ball, but still I should have put it at least on the target. But the next game, I will do better," Ibrahimovic said.

Reflecting on the game, the striker said: "I think the game was a good game, a difficult game at the same time. I mean away against Liverpool - Liverpool are unbeaten against the top teams, seven points and I think it was a good result. After the second half, their chances were more, but we still worked and we can do much more, yes. But we're working hard and we're getting there."

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