Nani: Title still ours to lose

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Manchester United midfielder Nani is confident he and his teammates will still have the last laugh when it comes to the Premier League title race, despite the club's latest setback against Everton.

The Red Devils uncharacteristically surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 4-4 with the Toffees at Old Trafford, meaning the initiative now lies with local rivals Manchester City, after they responded with a 2-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux.

"There is anger from the players, of course, because we wanted to win [against Everton]," Nani told MUTV. "We're disappointed to lose four goals. But that's football. It can happen sometimes.

"We have to keep believing in our qualities because we still have a great opportunity to win the title."

The 25-year-old Portuguese winger is adamant that the players still have the belief and ability to win a 20th league title, and says they are all determined to bounce back in the all-important derby at the Etihad Stadium next week.

Sir Alex Ferguson has already labelled the crunch Monday night clash as "the biggest derby United have ever played", a match that is likely to prove pivotal in the eventual destination of the Premier League trophy this year.

"It's a huge game [at City] - there will be a fantastic atmosphere there," added Nani. "It will be a difficult game, but if you want to win the league you cannot think about the atmosphere or the opponents, we must just think about the way we play and try to win the game."

Pressed for an explanation as to why United allowed David Moyes' side back into the game so late on, Nani admitted that a lapse in concentration is what cost them all three points, but is certain the team will not make the same mistake twice.

"The concentration was not the best in the last few minutes [against Everton] - that's why they were able to create chances and score goals," he concluded.

"We had a lot of possession and played some fantastic football in attack. But we conceded too many goals and we're not happy about that."

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