Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is still wary of the threat Manchester United pose despite being 12 points behind current English Premier League leaders Arsenal.
United occupy ninth spot on the table with 22 points, eight behind second placed Chelse, but Mourinho insists that you will write them off at your own peril.
“If it was another club I'd tell you it's impossible, but with Manchester United I don't say that,” said Mourinho.
“The reasons are because of the potential of the team, what the club represents and the culture of the club.
“It's not a club in panic. It's not a club where you feel the end of the world is arriving.
“They are calm, they go the same way and support the manager. Nobody touches the manager.
“They have a project. If they don't win this season they believe they will win next season.
“It's a very, very stable situation and an example to many others. Because of that they are still a contender.
“They will stick together, they will fight and try to get 12 to 15 points in a row. Yes they are still a contender.
“They will wait for matches between Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham when others will lose points.”
Mourinho, though, added that league leaders Arsenal are in fine form and deserve their place atop the standings.
“Arsenal lead and if they lead it's because they have more points than other people and because they are better and have made less mistakes,” added Mourinho.
“If they are there it's because they deserve to be there. But the championship finishes in May. Let's see what happens then.”