Cape Town - Manchester United midfielder Fred has admitted that in order to prove themselves as title contenders they will need to beat Tottenham Hotspurs on Monday.
The Red Devils started their Premier League season off with a 2-1 win over Leicester City, but then crashed to a humiliating 3-2 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion in their second game.
"It's a very important game," Fred told Sky Sports News website of United's upcoming clash with Tottenham.
"This week we've been working, focusing on this game, we want to go out and get the win in front of our home fans.
"We know Tottenham are a great team but we need to get the win if we are to aspire to win the league."
Fred, who joined in the off-season from Shakhtar Donetsk, started both of United's opening fixtures, and has stressed the importance of bouncing back from their most recent result.
"The Premier League is a great league and there are a lot of great teams and Brighton were better than Man United," he said.
"They got early goals which we didn't manage to achieve, we improved but unfortunately this wasn't enough for a win or a draw.
"Going into the next game we want to be focused and we want to win so we can stay in the race for the title."
Kick-off is at 21:00 (SA time).