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The Old Trafford stand-in captain believes his side can still win the championship if they beat Swansea, and also hopes there will be another surprise before the end of the season

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is hoping the Premier League season can provide one more twist in a season full of ups and downs.

United will kick off against Swansea 45 minutes after the final whistle is blown at the game between Newcastle and Manchester City on Tyneside, so Evra and his team-mates will be relying on Alan Pardew’s side to do them a favour before attempting to secure three vital points of their own.

The stand-in captain is still confident his team can win the title, despite their disappointing defeat to Roberto Mancini’s men on Monday.

Evra told United Review: “It hurts me a lot to think we were eight points clear and allowed City to get back in the title race.

“It's the reality however and we can't hide from that. I still believe we can win this title. There have been so many twists this season - a lot of strange results - so that's why I still hold out hope.

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“But in order to maintain that hope we have to give ourselves the chance to believe. And that means winning two games, starting with Swansea.”

In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, a Chicharito goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win over the Swans. The French left-back is anticipating another tight game, adding: “I think it will be an open game, so we have to be careful we don’t concede.

“We have to be solid at the back and take every chance we get up front. It won’t be easy. Swansea enjoy a lot of possession so it’s important we press them early on.

“We have to show from the first minute that we have the right attitude to win this game."

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