Nemanja Matic insists Manchester United are where they belong after climbing to the top of the Premier League following their 1-0 win at Burnley.
And the Serbian fired a warning at Liverpool following the result, saying his side are ready to compete for the title this season.
"I think that these sort of wins show that we are ready to compete for the title," he said.
"Sometimes we have looked like a team who wants to score as soon as possible, then we get panicked.
"But I think today we showed more maturity, we showed we are more clever. And on this pitch, at this stadium against Burnley is always hard to win the games, not to concede a goal from long balls and set-pieces.
"We prepared the game well and I think we deserved these three points."
Matić: "We are exactly where we belong. Burnley are a good side and to win here is not easy." #mulive [bbc]- utdreport (@utdreport) January 12, 2021
On the Frenchman's performance, Matic added: "We have a lot of quality in our team and in these kind of games you have to use that.
"You have to be patient, not to panic, because when you have that much quality over 90 minutes, one situation will decide and that was exactly what we did today. I'm happy for the team, for the team performance and the team spirit.
"Let's see on Sunday against Liverpool. It's the biggest derby in England and we go there to compete with them, to see where we are, one of the best teams in the league so I think that we are ready."
Matic, who won two Premier League titles at Chelsea, continued: "We've played 17 games and we're top of the table so that shows something.
"We didn't play five or six games and are top where you can say it's lucky.
"After 17 games, it's definitely not lucky and definitely there is quality. But we can't relax, we have to concentrate until the end to go game by game. The next one is always the most important."
League leaders United take on defending champions Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday in a huge game as the race for the title hots up.
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