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Evra: Fergie will sack us if we lose title again

ESPN staff
December 11, 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson takes Patrice Evra to one side © PA Photos

Patrice Evra believes that if Manchester United let a lead slip in the title race and are overhauled by Manchester City again Sir Alex Ferguson would "sack everyone".

United went six points clear of their local rivals by beating City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, courtesy of Robin van Persie's injury-time winner.

But they had an eight-point advantage over City with six games remaining last season and Roberto Mancini's men still went on to become champions for the first time in 44 years.

And Evra fears a repeat, saying: "I think Ferguson is going to sack everyone if we did that. No, I'm serious. It would not be funny, for the fans, for the players, for everyone.

"A six-point lead the league is not finished yet, there is a long way to go, but I really mean now we have to make sure we are ready for Sunderland [Saturday's opponents].

"I remember what happened last year. We were eight points clear and in the end we lost the league."

City won both league derbies last season, including a 6-1 victory at Old Trafford and Evra believes United struck an important blow by ending their 37-game unbeaten home run in the Premier League.

He added: "It was more important to win at City and give a sign out to them. We also broke their record at home which was really important. Psychologically, it was really important to win against City."

Evra feels United prospered by concentrating on their own game, rather than focusing on City.

He explained: "It was a good win, we won again like the Man United way. We're very happy because we stuck to the plan. Last year we talked a lot about City before the game, but this year we just talked about us. It was about us  just to put some pressure on them and don't let them play and when we get the ball to make sure we score a goal.

"That's what we did in the first half. In the second half, they put a lot of pressure on us and they hit back. I thought it was similar to the Chelsea game [which United also won 3-2] in that way but in the end we won and that was the most important thing."

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