Manchester United still in Premier League title race, says Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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Image: Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists Manchester United are still in the Premier League title race

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has refused to write off Manchester United's bid for a first Premier League title since 2012/13.

United's hopes of winning their first title since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement have faltered, with the club woefully off the pace following an inconsistent start to the season.

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Sunday's 1-1 draw at Everton, United's third-successive stalemate, left Jose Mourinho's men 13 points off leaders Chelsea and nine behind Manchester City in the final Champions League qualification spot.

However, Mkhitaryan insists United were still in with a chance but stressed the importance of turning draws into victories.

"Never say never, anything is possible," the Armenia international told Sky Sports.

"I remember once Manchester United were ahead of Manchester City by eight points and ended up losing it, so everything is possible in this life.

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Image: United were last crowned champions of England in 2012/13

"We have to start winning, and not drawing the games, that's the most important thing.

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"It's always a pity to lose or draw at the end of the game, it's always painful. But we have to accept that it's our mistake and move forward.

"When we're leading during the game, we have to squeeze the opponent. Our players understand their mistakes, me too, but we have to keep thinking together, and the good results will be ahead."

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Mkhitaryan says he has never blamed Jose Mourinho for his lack of game time and understands why he hasn't started more games

Having initially struggled to slot into the first-team fold following his £26.3m summer move from Borussia Dortmund, Mkhitaryan has risen to prominence in recent weeks, starting three of United's last four matches.

And the 27-year-old will be keen to extend his stay in Mourinho's starting XI when top-four rivals Tottenham travel to Old Trafford on Sunday - live on Sky Sports 1 HD.

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"Not just this game, but every game is important because you cannot judge a team on only one game," Mkhitaryan added.

"You can lose to any team and then beat your top opponents and still not be in the top four.

"Whether it's Tottenham, Crystal Palace or West Brom, we have to try to do our best to win every game.

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"I know that the pressure is really high here, people are expecting us to win games always and titles.

"If I wasn't ready for that I wouldn't be here. I'm always looking positive for everything."

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