Manchester United vice-captain Patrice Evra has jokingly said that if he and his team-mates go on and lose their seven-point cushion to neighbours Manchester City, then Sir Alex Ferguson will sack each and every one of them.
The Red Devils surrendered a considerable lead towards the end of last season, which ended up costing them the Premier League title, with Roberto Mancini's side claiming the domestic crown on goal difference, on a dramatic final day of 2011/12.
But, this year the onus is very much on United, who further extended their lead at the top of the table, following their enthralling 4-3 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, while reigning champions City suffered their third consecutive defeat at the Stadium of Light, going down 1-0 against Sunderland.
Speaking to French TV channel Canal Plus after the game, Evra said that he had never seen so many happy faces in the changing rooms, following Javier Hernandez's injury-time winner, which completed a remarkable comeback.
"It was a crazy match," reflected the defender. "For football lovers, it was a great match. In the end, it was such a great release for us.
"I have never seen the players so happy in the changing room this season. At half-time Sir Alex told us if we could win this game, then we would have a big chance to be champions again."
Looking ahead to Saturday's home clash against West Brom, the Frenchman warned that there is no room for complacency, and that the players must stay at the top of their game, or else face the consequences.
"Remember, we were seven points ahead last term and we lost the Premier League with goal difference," he added. "If we do it again this season, Ferguson could sack us all!"
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