Fernando Torres, who has yet to get his hands on any silverware with Liverpool, has today confessed that it would be a small tragedy if United won the league this season, equalling the dippers’ record of 18 titles.

Whilst none of the current players have come close to winning the Premiership with Liverpool, Torres acknowledges that the players are very keen to cling on to their record.

With Chelsea losing at the weekend and Liverpool set to play tonight, United are now just five points behind both teams, with a game in hand on Chelsea. With our most difficult fixtures all out of the way now, after travelling to Stamford Bridge, the Emirates, Anfield, Villa Park, Wastelands and Goodison Park, our title challenge is starting to take shape, much to Liverpool’s displeasure.

“Manchester United are pressing us and if they win the league they will have the same number of titles as us,” said Torres. “That would be a small tragedy for us all. We are playing game by game but if the truth be told the club and the fans are more aimed at winning the Premier League. The title has not been won for 19 years and there is a lot of excitement at the moment. We will never give in and we will fight for the title until the last minute.”