Evra demands Manchester United response

Manchester United defender Patrice EvraManchester United full-back Patrice Evra has urged his team-mates to bounce back from their derby defeat to Manchester City by getting positive result in this weekend’s encounter with Stoke.

The Red Devils slipped to a 2-1 loss at home to the local rivals, a result which saw their gap at the top of the division reduced to 12 points.

Although it would take an almost impossible set of circumstances to see the title snatched away from United, Evra has demanded that the team bounce back to keep their hopes of lifting the trophy on track:

“I hear a lot of people talking about us, saying we didn’t deserve the 15-point lead,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“But if we are here it is because we are working hard and we deserve to win this title. We have to make sure we win at Stoke on Sunday and show we are the best team in England.

“The most important thing is to win the title. We are in a great position but we don’t want to put pressure on ourselves.

“Nothing is going to be easy until the end of the season. Stoke is always a difficult place to go. We have to be ready for the fight.”

Evra has enjoyed a successful season so far, putting his disappointing 2011/12 campaign behind him.

The Frenchman has weighed in with four goals and five assists in the league this term, cementing his spot as Sir Alex Ferguson’s number one left-back.

He was linked with a move back to France ahead of the current season, but is likely to still be at Old Trafford at the end of the next transfer window.

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