Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra is keen for Manchester United to recover from Monday's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, by beating Stoke this weekend. 

The French international is intent on recovering from the "painful" loss in the Manchester derby by getting their title assault back on track.

The defeat to Manchester City saw United’s lead at the top cut down to 12 points with 7 game left, however Evra still believes that a win in the next match we see United resume their run of form in the Premier League.

Evra told MUTV:  "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. 

"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." 

However, the Frenchman is taking nothing for granted as his side travel to the Britannia, even though United have a strong record their of late. 

He added: “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."

United have not lost back-to-back Premier League matches all season, and if they can secure victory this weekend then the Red Devils will be back on the march for the title.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side have the opportunity to restore their 15 point lead at the top with Manchester City in FA Cup action against Chelsea. 


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