Watching rivals Manchester City lift their first-ever Premier League title may be the trigger Manchester United needed to refocus their hunt for silverware, reveals Patrice Evra.
The Frenchman was whiskers away from netting his fifth goal of the season when his powerful header was deflected in by Nemanja Vidic during United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool yesterday.
And after City closed the league leaders’ gap to seven points with an emphatic 2-0 triumph away to Arsenal, Evra insisted that paying too much attention to their derby rivals eventually led to the Reds’ demise last season.
“I never watch what Manchester City are going to do because it’s about us,” Evra said. “Last year I think we were too focused on City.
“There was too much focus on what they were going to do in their next game. But this year it’s about us and when we are like this, I think we can win the title.”
Evra notched two assists in the raucous tie at Old Trafford, helping Robin van Persie to his 21st goal of the season with a smart cross in the first-half.
And despite already having a handful of goals to his name this season, the leftback is not willing to give up this one to his captain.
“[Vidic] said it’s my goal but I don’t know,” he told the club’s official website. “Maybe if it was a striker, they would give the goal to Rooney or Van Persie. But maybe because it’s Evra they will not give the goal to me!”
But whoever is given the accolade of scoring the winner against Liverpool, it will not take away the importance of doing the double over their old foes.
“Seven years I’ve played for United and to beat Liverpool has always been difficult” he added. “We never win easily.
“But what a great feeling when you get the win against them.”
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