Stop them now or they'll rule for years, Evra fires derby warning to United team-mates
12:35 GMT, 30 April 2012
Patrice Evra says Manchester United must stop Manchester City from winning the title or they will go onto dominate English football for years to come.
Manchester United remain the favourites to win the title this season, as they hold a three-point lead at the top, but are aware that defeat in Monday’s derby with City would hand the initiative to their rivals.
Evra admits such a situation does not bear thinking about, with United desperate to avoid ending the season empty-handed.
Warning: Patrice Evra has told Manchester United to stop City before it is too late
United are also wary of allowing the floodgates to open across the city, with it possible that one title success would pave the way for Roberto Mancini's men to emulate their own achievements during the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
Evra said: 'Beware. If City start winning it will be hard to stop them.
'We have to stop them before they start, because they can go far. That’s how a big team starts, the first trophy they win.
'They won the FA Cup last year and if they win the league they’ll get too much confidence.
'If they win the Premier League, a page is turned and it’s a revolution, and revolutions have always been about Manchester United.
Hold them back: Evra says United must prevent years of City dominance
'If you play for Manchester United, if you’re a leader or a captain, it’s to play in a match like this. You have to accept your responsibility.
'Whether it’s me, or someone like Ryan Giggs, if you ask them which title they will appreciate the most, it will be this one.'