Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has written off his teams title hopes, following their failure to capitalise on United’s slip up at the weekend.
Chelsea find themselves 10 points behind United, and with only 13 games left to play this season, look likely to relinquish their title.
Chelsea have lost 7 times already this season, and still have to play United home and away, in games which could decide the direction the title goes in, even if it’s not to Stamford Bridge again.
“Now for us it is difficult to think that we can come back and fight for the Premier League title,” said Ancelotti, whose side travel to Craven Cottage for a local derby with Fulham on Monday.
Ancelotti instead wants to focus on securing Champions League football with a top four finish.
“The gap is very big, we have to be honest,” admitted Ancelotti.
“The most important thing is to reach fourth place in the table to maintain Chelsea in the Champions League and we have to fight with the other teams.
“It is better for us to take it game by game in the Premier League but we have to reach fourth place as a minimum.”
Ancelotti was at a press conference to unveil new signing David Luiz, who made his debut late in the match against Liverpool, but inevitably found himself on the end of questions about Fernando Torres.
The Italian manager was keen to reiterate he thought his £50million signing could fit in with Didier Drogba.
“My aim as a coach is to try and find the best solution with the players I have,” said the Italian.
“In this squad Drogba and Torres are fantastic strikers and we have to try and do everything to get them to play together.”