Fred warns Manchester United teammates: 'We need to beat Tottenham if we are going to win the title'
United are desperate to get back to winning ways
Manchester United welcome Spurs to Old Trafford on Monday night hoping to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Brighton last Sunday.
After spending huge amounts of money on improving their squad over the past few years, United are expected to at least compete for the PremierLeague title, as unrealistic as that may sound.
New signing Fred, who joined United for £52m in the summer from Shakhtar Donetsk, has warned his teammate's of Monday night's importance if they are to keep up with Manchester City, having already lost ground on their local rivals.
"It's a very important game. This week we've been working, focusing on this game, we want to go out and get the win in front of our home fans," he told Sky Sports.
"We know Tottenham are a great team, but we need to get the win if we are to aspire to win the league.
"Going into the next game, we want to be focused and we want to win, so we can stay in the race for the title."
United finished 19 points behind City last season, with 81 points compared to City's record total of 100. If they are to pose as much as a superficial threat to City's dominance this season, they will have to show significant improvements at both ends of the pitch.