Ander Herrera says he’d agree right now to Manchester City winning the title – if United were guaranteed Champions League success in return.
United face Sevilla on Tuesday with a real chance to reach the last eight, having drawn 0-0 in Spain in the first leg.
It makes up for lagging behind deadly rivals City in the Premier League – with Pep Guardiola’s side sitting in top place, 16 points above their rivals going into the weekend.
Now Spanish midfielder Herrera, who picked up a hamstring injury in Spain and is desperate to be fit for the return, says he doesn’t even think about what City can achieve.
He said: “I don’t think about City, just about us. To win the Champions League would be enormous for us. Massive.
“So if you said City win the title and we win the Champions League this time I would sign that document right now.
“People forget that it’s still possible for us to win two big titles this season – the Champions League and FA Cup. We are still in the race for both. It could be an adventure to do it.”
Spanish international Herrera, 28, won the FA Cup with United in 2016 but has never won the Champions League and admits it’s top of his wish list.
“The Champions League is a big, big title and to win it would be special,” said the midfielder who helped United win the Europa League last year when he was named man of the match in the final against Ajax.
“But we are only concerned at the minute about getting past Sevilla because it is not easy.
“They are a tough team and we still have to work hard to go through. But we know there is a lot more to fight for this season.”
Herrera’s admission doesn’t mean that United are throwing in the towel in the Premier League.
But there is a growing sense of pragmatism at Old Trafford that City are going to be virtually impossible to catch – and that other competitions could define their season. Just like last year when the Europa League became United’s saviour.
“I don’t like the word ‘impossible’,” said Herrera, who has faced a frustrating spell on the sidelines after pulling up in Seville.
“For me it’s a word I really don’t believe exists in football because anything can happen.
“Yes, City is in a very good place and only a miracle will give us a chance – but you don’t stop.
“The dream of Manchester United is to be the top team and win the title but to do it we are going to have to make up a lot of points. You don’t give up but second position is there and confirms you will be in the Champions League. So you have to keep going.
“Our challenge is clear: to win and win and to reach cup finals. This is the objective of United for the coming games.”
With City so far ahead, however, the main point of interest at the top of the table is who will finish as runners-up.
Liverpool,Tottenham and Chelsea are all contenders and so Herrera insists it won’t be a battle only between United and Liverpool.
He said: “We want to finish as high as possible but you can’t forget there are maybe five clubs going for second place.
“We are reaching an important time in the season, the key moment, and the team needs total concentration on the pitch to achieve our goals.”