Defeat at Sunderland for the third successive season, coupled with United's battling 4-3 home victory over Newcastle, saw Sir Alex Ferguson's men reach the halfway stage of the Premier League season with a commanding lead, but one the Italian is confident is far from decisive.
He said after the 1-0 loss: "It hasn't changed. At this moment, United are better than us, they are at the top, but we have time to recover.
"We need to resolve our problems before and after, maybe we can win. It's no problem, seven points.
"That's not important. We know United are a fantastic team and probably they will win every game, but the season is long and it is not important if it is six or seven or four points."
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