Evra urges Man Utd to get over derby defeat

Patrice Evra has called on his Manchester United teammates to pick themselves up following their derby loss to Manchester City and move a stop closer towards reclaiming the Premier League title by beating Stoke City on Sunday, the Daily Mirror has reported.

City beat United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Monday evening, strikes from James Milner and Sergio Aguero cancelling a Vincent Kompany own goal, to cut the deficit between the sides to 12 points with seven games left to play.

Evra admitted that City’s second goal, coming late in the game, knocked the wind out of the United players on the night but the France international wants to see a positive reaction when they travel to the Britannia Stadium.

We played much better in the second half and I really believed we could win the game, but the second goal killed our legs. It was a bad night for us,” Evra said.

United need 10 points from a possible 21 to win their 20th league title but last season had an eight point lead with six games to go and ended up missing out on goal difference to City, who claimed a crucial derby win at the Etihad Stadium.

We have to make sure we win the next game,” Evra added. “ That’s the most important thing.

We’re still in a great position, but we have to take things game by game and not put pressure on ourselves. We must make sure we win at Stoke and show we are the best team in England.

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