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Manchester United suffered a 2-1 defeat in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford last night, at the hands of rivals Manchester City.
City’s Sergio Aguero scored the winner after James Milner put the visitors ahead early on in the second half and City captain Vincent Kompany deflected in an own goal shortly after, from a Robin van Persie free-kick.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insisted the Red Devils will ‘not be complacent’ in their march for the title with just 7 games left to play this term.
"If you look at our history over the years we always make it difficult for ourselves," said Ferguson.
“The supporters are hanging on the edge of their seats every year. It is a 12-point lead, we go to Stoke at the weekend and we will have a go," he added.
Meanwhile, City manager Roberto Mancini conceded that, despite the victory, the title is ‘finished’.
“Yeah, yeah, it’s finished,” admitted the Italian.
However, as the Manchester Evening News outlined, ‘anything is possible’ in the Premier League.
Here Is The City ran a similar piece assessing whether their derby win offers any shred of hope to the noisy neighbours.
United defender Phil Jones urged his teammates not to ‘dwell’ on the defeat and instead focus on their remaining fixtures.
"We have to keep our heads up because we are still in a fantastic position. The lads deserve an enormous amount of credit and hopefully we can go on and win the league. We have to get back on the training pitch and do what we do best - recover. I am sure we will,” insisted the Englishman.
Vice-captain Patrice Evra outlined his determination to take it ‘step by step’ from here.
"We have to make sure we win the next game. That is the most important thing. We are still in a great position but we have to take things game by game and don't put pressure on ourselves,” explained the Frenchman.
Clearly some salesmen believe the title is a foregone conclusion, judging by their sales on ‘Champions’ scarves last night around Old Trafford.
Merchandise bearing slogans such as 'Champions 20 times', and 'Are you watching City' proved very popular amongst the home fans but less so with the visitors.
In team news, Ferguson revealed that Ashley Young will not likely be fit to face Stoke at the weekend, after picking up a knock in the derby.
“Ashley obviously may be out. It looks a bad one – not serious – but I think he’ll miss Sunday’s game,” said the Scot.
In transfer news, PSG and Brazil star Lucas Moura claims he has ‘no regrets’ over snubbing United for the French capital in the summer.
He told L'Equipe: "In France, football is the fastest and the highest rate. There is no downtime. But I like to play this way I think it matches perfectly to my style."
In other news, the FA have found ‘no evidence’ of racial abuse allegedly aimed at Rio Ferdinand by England fans in attendance for their World Cup qualifier against San Marino last month.
Finally, United legend Edwin van der Saar could be set to come out of retirement to help out Dutch champions Ajax, despite the 42-year-old keeper stating his retirement upon his departure from Old Trafford.
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