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Evra tips United to retain title

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Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is confident the club will be able to retain their title this season.

The Red Devils, who currently sit second behind 'noisy neighbours' Manchester City in the title race, closed the gap at the top of the league to goal difference yesterday with a 3-0 win over Bolton.

And, whilst the Citizens may have a game in hand over Sir Alex Ferguson's side, Evra is in no doubt that the return of several key players from injury will prove to be the key factor in the race for the Barclays Premier League crown.

"Everyone's coming back and in great form. We still have some injuries but I think when everyone is back fit, it will give us the strength to win the title," Evra told MUTV post-match.

"We have to keep talking about Manchester United. The most important thing was winning today. After that, it doesn't matter if they [City] win, lose or draw.

Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and Ashley Young are all still to return for United, suggesting the champions will only get stronger over the coming months at Old Trafford.

For French international Evra, it was important to build on the FA Cup win against Roberto Mancini's side last weekend, and now United turn their focus onto their next opponents - Arsenal.

"We just need to have a rest and focus on the next game. I think people talk a lot about City, but we just need to be focused on what we do and how we play, and I think we're going to win the league," concluded Evra.

"was a good afternoon for us. It was an important game, after the [FA Cup] win against City, to show we are really confident and we are back. It was really important to win today."

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