Phil Neville: This is what Man United must do in title race

The former Manchester United defender wants Jose Mourinho's side to beat the smaller Premier League clubs

Phil Neville says Manchester United need to start beating the Premier League’s smaller clubs to get their title bid back on track.

The Red Devils suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon following goals from Pedro Rodriguez, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante.

Jose Mourinho’s side are currently in seventh place in the Premier League table and six points behind pace-setters Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

United have already lost three times this season to Pep Guardiola’s Citizens side, London outfit Watford and Antonio Conte’s improving Chelsea outfit.

However, the Red Devils dropped points in their final game in October after a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Old Trafford.

Former United defender Neville believes Mourinho’s side can start to climb the title if the Red Devils show consistency against the division’s smaller clubs in the coming weeks and months.

“The next few weeks are an important time for them because you don’t win the league by beating the clubs around you – you win it by beating everyone else,” Neville told BBC Sport.

“That is what United have to do now, and they have to be more ruthless because draws will not be enough – for me, when they were held at home by Stoke at the start of October, it was almost as disappointing as Sunday’s defeat.

“In the next few weeks, United are at home to Arsenal but also play Burnley, Swansea and West Ham. Even if they only win those three games, then their world is a brighter place.

“Yes, United need to go on a run to make up the ground they have lost but they are only six points off the top of the table and we have already seen things can change very quickly in the title race.”

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Mourinho was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May after United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table in 2015-16.

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