Manchester United captain Patrice Evra has admitted that his team were "too worried" by the rapid ascension of Manchester City last season, and that this worry ultimately cost his team the Premier League title.
The two rivaling clubs infamously fought right up until the very last day of the season in 2012 to decide who would be crowned Premier League champions, with a final goal by Aguero against QPR securing the historic victory for City, their first title since 1968.
However, United are now hoping to win their 20th Premier League title, as they currently sit at the top of the league, seven points clear of City. But while City boss Roberto Mancini has reminded Alex Ferguson and his squad of how City managed to come back from eight points behind United in four matches in order to take the title last season, Evra is insistent that the same will not be happening this year.
"This year we are focusing more on ourselves whereas last year we were more worried about City," said the French international. "There was too much focus on what they were going to do in their next game. But this year it's about us. By having a good season, we will become the champions.
"We finished last season with the same number of points as the champions and it is obvious we are stronger than last year given the addition of players like Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa."
United have made a Premier League record this season, earning 55 points in 22 games, failing to win just 4 games since the series started.
Evra has previously stated the importance of winning the Premier League this year, saying that he believed Alex Ferguson would "sack everyone" if they repeated last season's performance.
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