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Manchester United's Patrice Evra (right) and Manchester City's James Milner battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 8, 2013. See PA Story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Manchester United's Patrice Evra (right) and Manchester City's James Milner battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 8, 2013. See PA Story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Manchester United's Patrice Evra (right) and Manchester City's James Milner battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 8, 2013. See PA Story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

MANCHESTER United defender Patrice Evra insists his side will look no further than Sunday's clash at Stoke as they seek to close out the Premier League title.

Following Monday night's Manchester derby defeat by bitter rivals Manchester City, United's lead has been cut to 12 points with seven games remaining, but the French international says the cliched line of 'taking each games as it comes' is his side's best policy at this stage of the season.

Evra (above) labelled the loss to City as "painful" but insists no-one in the United camp is not pushing the panic button and instead remain focused on picking up the points needed to seal the title as quickly as possible.

"We're really disappointed because we missed the chance to end the title (race) and, of course, we've lost the derby. When you're a Man United player losing to City is painful," he said.

"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's a bad night for us.

"We are still 12 points clear though and now we have to win the next game. Since I've been here I've never lost two games in a row. That's why I hope we'll keep going against Stoke and win. We just have to win the next game.

"I heard a lot of people talking about us being 15 points clear and that we didn't deserve to be.

"But if that's where we are it's because we're working hard.

"We must make sure we win at Stoke and show we are the best team in England."

Relegation

The Reds are unbeaten at Stoke in the Premier League era but, with Tony Pulis' men fighting for their lives in the relegation battle, Evra is expecting anything but an easy game.

"It's always a difficult place to go. We have to be ready for the fight. We've always left there with three points in recent years but nothing is going to be easy until the end of the season," he insisted.

"We have to make sure we win the next game. That is the most important thing.

"We are still in a great position but we have to take things game by game and not put pressure on ourselves."


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