'Every single minute matters' - Welbeck urges Manchester United team-mates to guard against complacency in title run-in

The England forward insists that the painful end to last season will provide enough motivation for the Red Devils to retain their focus and ensure a strong finish to this campaign
Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck has urged his team-mates to avoid allowing complacency to creep in as they look to seal the Premier League title.

The Red Devils were beaten in Monday's derby meeting with Manchester City, cutting the gap at the top of the table to 12 points with seven matches remaining in the 2012-13 campaign.

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Sergio Aguero's winner condemned Sir Alex Ferguson's side to their second defeat in as many games following the FA Cup quarter-final loss to Chelsea although Welbeck has called for United to regain their focus to ensure the title doesn't slip from their grasp.

"As a United player you know how vital it is to win every game," the England international remarked. "But what happened last season shows that every single game, every single point and every single goal is crucial.

"I'll never forget the manager coming on the bus after the Sunderland game last season.

"He said to the younger players, 'remember this feeling, it will turn you into men and make you bigger and better players and people'. None of us want to feel like that again.

"What happened has given us the motivation to improve and it has reminded us that there can be no complacency. Every single minute on the pitch matters."