A Real distraction! Silva hopes Man Utd will take their eye off the league

David Silva is hoping Manchester United's Champions League fixtures will be a distraction for the Red Devils in the title race

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
david silva
Manchester City are seven points behind league leaders United Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

david silva

David Silva believes Manchester City’s premature Champions League exit could work in their favour in the title race.

The Citizens were dumped out of Europe’s premier club competition at the group stage for the second season running back in December after finishing bottom of Group D.

United maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the table with a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday, while City kept pace with victory at Arsenal.

And Spain midfielder Silva is hoping next month’s blockbuster clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 will prove to be a distraction for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in the title race.

“That could be an advantage for us, because they have an important game against Real, and we only have the league to think about,” said Silva.

Silva has warned his team-mates, however, that they can ill afford to drop any more points.

The 27-year-old added: “The important thing is the next game. We talk about the game that we have coming up and we hope that they blow it, because it will let us be closer.

“If we lose, then suddenly the gap is 10 points, and that is when it gets really difficult. But if we keep fighting, we hope that they will falter.

“All we can do, whatever the gap is, is keep going, every game, and put them under the pressure of knowing that if they lose a game or drop any points, we will get closer to them.

“That works the other way, of course, too, because if we lose we will get further away, but we cannot think about that. We just have to continue as we are. The league is still there to be won.”


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

ATP Finals 2018
The Sport Review
Roger Federer: reflecting on No1, reviewing 2018, hoping for more in 2019
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
ATP Finals 2018
The Sport Review
Nitto ATP Finals: A star is born as Sascha Zverev beats Djokovic to claim biggest title
The Sport Review
Andy Townsend suggests where Man United need January signings
The Sport Review
AC Milan keen on signing Chelsea FC midfielder – report