Nemanja Matic has warned Manchester United that their 2-2 draw against Stoke City must not be repeated if they want to claim the Premier League trophy.
United continued their unbeaten start to the 2017-18 season, but has seen their winning run ended at the bet365 Stadium.
United trailed at a point during the match, but also led before the hour mark and Matic has warned against a repeat of the stalemate.
The £40 million summer signing from Chelsea told MUTV: “It was a tough game.
“To be honest, it’s always a tough game when you come to this stadium. Stoke are a good team, so it was difficult, but we managed to get a point.
“If we want to be champions, we have to win games like this because in these games, if you win, you are champion. We have to know against teams like this you have to have a little bit more, you have to be concentrated and of course we’re not happy with a point.
“It’s always important if you can come from behind, and I think we showed spirit. We had the lead in the second half but they scored a goal from the corner kick. We didn’t take some chances at the other end, so we could have won the game.
“It’s always important to be at the top of the table if you can. I’m happy that we are still there, and we’ll continue to work hard to stay there until the end of the season.”