Paul Pogba has reluctantly praised Liverpool for their imminent Premier League title win, but the Manchester United midfielder says he still does not want to see the famous trophy at Anfield.
Pogba is out of action for United through injury after last playing on Boxing Day. The Frenchman has seen his season interrupted by persistent injuries, while his future has dominated headlines off the field.
In his absence, United are the only side to have taken points from Liverpool this season in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in December. Liverpool won the reverse fixture at Anfield 2-0 last month.
Speaking on Monday as he continues to recover from his latest injury setback, Pogba told ESPN how the United dressing room do not want to see the Premier League title head to Anfield for the first time, however good Liverpool have been this season.
"They are so way ahead of everyone else," Pogba said.
"They have not lost a single game yet this season in the league. They already have one hand on the Premier League trophy.
"As a Manchester United player and with the rivalry between us, we don't want them to win the title. We don't want anyone else to win apart from us, but as a football lover and a respectful player to opposition team, I have to say that they deserve to be where they are today.
"They have been even better than last season when they won the Champions League and the season before when they [lost the final to Real Madrid]."
Pogba continues to be out for United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refusing to put a timeframe on his return when asked last week.
"He's not been part of team training yet," Solskjaer said before the Europa League trip to Brugges.
"And it will depend on how he feels, or when he feels ready to do that. So he's not anywhere near that yet."