Edinson Cavani cautioned that Manchester United could not allow complacency to slip into the Premier League table against Fulham and said they had to fight to hold on to their healthy spot.
For the first time since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013, when they defeated Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on January 12, United hit the top-flight summit after the New Year.
With the latest test of their credentials seeing them come up against Fulham on Wednesday night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has bounced back from a poor start to the campaign to emerge as real title contenders.
In nine of their last 12 games, the Red Devils picked up wins, but endured a minor setback on the weekend as reigning champions Liverpool at Anfield held them to a 0-0 draw.
It is expected that the 13-time Premier League champions will get back to winning ways at Craven Cottage and climb back to first place ahead of Leicester City, who played one more game on Tuesday after beating Chelsea 2-0.
Cavani, however, expects another hard test against a Fulham side struggling for survival and says that after all their hard work over the past few months, he and his team-mates can not afford to let their standards fall.
“I believe that one of the most important things that we need to be aware of, whenever we go into any game, is that we are Manchester United, and, irrespective of whether we are top of the league or in any other position, every other team that plays against Manchester United try to do their absolute best to try and beat them.”
“When I was at PSG, it was quite a similar scenario for me. Teams strive to do the unthinkable to get a win over one of the world’s most legendary and strongest teams.
And it should give us the energy to continue to fight for this badge to ensure we are focused and concentrated on this.
And right now, we’re at the top of the league, and we want to fight to stay where we are, too. For all that, to compete, we need to be ready and mentally prepared.
The main thing, as I always claim, is not just winning a few games, it’s having the consistency of always competing; competing in every game and for every ball, and focusing on every situation that comes up in the game to the absolute limit.
And that’s what, in the end, allows you to achieve your ultimate goal.”