Jose Mourinho has aimed a subtle dig at Arsenal, omitting them from a list of “teams close to” Manchester United.
United are second in the Premier League table after 22 games, 15 points behind Manchester City.
They are level on points with Chelsea, who have played a game more, while Liverpool and Tottenham are both three points behind.
Arsenal are a further five points off the pace, eight behind United, and Mourinho was at pains to point that out after being told City would be 18 points clear at the top if they beat Liverpool.
“It’s a very important difference of points, I was there before,” Mourinho said.
“It gives a lot of tranquillity and takes away any kind of pressure from the guy that comes behind you.
“I think it’s a very comfortable advantage and they sit on that. I don’t think it’s about the transfer window for us or the other teams close to us – Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham.
“I don’t think it’s about transfers. It’s about continuing to win, getting the maximum possible points and seeing what happens.”