Evra - Title challenge intact

Left-back blames lack of focus for defeat on Merseyside

Evra: No title panic

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Manchester United defender Patrice Evra insists the defeat to Everton has not damaged the club's title challenge.

With Chelsea winning at Wolves on Saturday, United are now four points off the Blues at the top of the Premier League table.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men were soundly beaten 3-1 by the Toffees at Goodison Park, despite taking the lead through Dimitar Berbatov.

But Evra is not too downhearted after the loss, saying that Everton triumph against a lot of good sides at home.

"The defeat has not damaged our bid for the title because a lot of big teams go to Everton and don't win," he said.

"The feeling was if we could win there, we could win the title. We didn't do it, so it is more difficult than we think to win the league."

Ferguson blamed the defeat on fatigue, claiming the Red Devils were still tired from their exertions in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.

United put in a good display to beat AC Milan 3-2 at the San Siro on Tuesday night, putting them in the driving seat to qualify for the quarter-finals.

However, Everton were also in action on the same night and manager David Moyes made fewer changes to his side for the weekend game.

No excuses

And although Evra admits there was a lack of pre-match focus, he does not want to make excuses.

"We were not focused on the game," the Frenchman added.

"Everyone was talking about how tired they were and how their legs were tired.

But I don't want to use that as an excuse.

"I am not saying someone did not show their character and we did everything we could. But I don't think we believed enough.

"We just needed a little bit more belief and we could have got a better result."