Patrice Evra is taking the positives from a disappointing 1-1 draw with Newcastle at Old Trafford, and says if Manchester United keep playing in the same manner, then the title can be retained next May.
Javier Hernandez gave the Red Devils the lead in the second-half, but the visitors drew level through a controversial Demba Ba penalty that left a sour taste in the mouths of the reigning Barclays Premier League champions.
"I'm very frustrated we didn't win," Evra told MUTV. "I think we deserved the win. It's a draw but you have to take the positives and I think the manager has mentioned that as well.
"I think the team has not played that way for a long time and created so many chances. If you want to win the league, you have to score more goals.
"Against Arsenal, we created eight chances and scored eight. Today, we had maybe seven chances and only one goal. Sometimes, that's football - it's very strange. It's frustrating but it's a positive game for Manchester United.
"At the start of the season, we did very well - scored a lot of goals and conceded a lot of goals. After the big accidents against City, when they scored six goals, we decided to defend better and we know, if we have a strong defence, we're going to win games. It's why we looked like the old United when winning 1-0 every time and winning the league in the end."
Like his teammates, Evra was clearly disappointed with the penalty decision that gifted the Magpies a chance to draw level, but despite the result the Frenchman remains optimistic about the club's chances of closing the gap at the top of the table.
"Today, we looked more like we played at the beginning of the season and I know we're going to score more than one goal per game," he added. "There's big frustration as I definitely wanted to finish that game being just two points behind City but the league is a marathon not a sprint.
"There's a long way to go and I'm confident if the team keeps playing that well, I'm convinced we're going to win the league."