Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has ruled his new side out of the Premier League title race, reports The Express.
The Spanish ace, who joined the current Premier League champions in last month's transfer window, believes his former club Chelsea can win England's elite prize in this campaign.
The 25-year-old has insisted that the race for the title will be between Arsenal, Manchester City and his ex-club.
With Manchester 15 points behind table-toppers Arsenal, Mata has revealed that the Old Trafford outfit are only targeting a place in next year's Champions League.
The Red Devils currently sit in seventh place in the Premier League table and are seven points behind rivals Liverpool who occupy fourth place in the division.
Asked as to who he thinks will win the league this season, Mata told Cadena Ser: "It is a difficult question but it will be between Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.
"Unfortunately we are too far away. Other seasons Manchester United used to fight for the tittles but this year we are going to fight to get a place in the next Champions League.
"Obviously Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are the favourites to win, they have been the most consistent during the first part of the season.
"Chelsea's latest victory against Manchester City has been very important, because winning at the Etihad is a boost but we will see what happens at the end."
After defeat against Stoke City last weekend, Mata and Co. will now be hoping to help Manchester United return to winning ways on Sunday as they play host to struggling Fulham at Old Trafford.
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