Wayne Rooney does not intend to start assessing Manchester United’s Premier League title credentials until the finishing post is in sight.
United have a built up a formidable nine-point lead over Manchester City and moved 16 clear of Chelsea with their win at Fulham last weekend.
Had it not been for their dramatic collapse last term, when they managed to blow an eight-point advantage in the space of just four games to hand the initiative to City, most observers would now be writing United up as champions already.
But Rooney has no intention of falling into that trap.
And with an Old Trafford encounter with his former club Everton on Sunday, whose fightback in the corresponding fixture last season blew the door open for City, the 27-year-old is adopting a blinkered approach to the situation.
“Results are the most important thing now,” he said.
“Look at Manchester City against QPR. They should have got the win, had a lot of chances but ended up dropping two points.
“That could quite easily have happened to us against Southampton the following night.
“It proves we have to keep picking up the points when we can.
“Once it comes down to the last four or five games, then we will see what position we are in and work out what we have to do.”