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Apr 23, 2012

Nani: Angry Utd ready to respond at City

Manchester United winger Nani is looking forward to next Monday's derby against Manchester City as he believes it gives the Premier League leaders the perfect opportunity to bounce back from Sunday's disappointing 4-4 draw with Everton.

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Nani, 25, was on the scoresheet as United twice gave up two-goal leads at Old Trafford to hand the title initiative to rivals City, who will leapfrog the Red Devils in the table on goal difference if they win next week's derby.

However, the Portugal international insisted that while he and his team-mates were downbeat at the manner of their result against the Toffees, they will "keep believing in their abilities" in the race for the championship crown.

"There is anger from the players, of course, because we wanted to win [against Everton]," he told MUTV. "We're disappointed to lose four goals. But that's football. It can happen sometimes.

"We have to keep believing in our qualities because we still have a great oppportunity to win the title. It's a huge game [at City] - there will be a fantastic atmosphere there.

"It will be a difficult game, but if you want to win the league you cannot think about the atmosphere or the opponents, we must just think about the way we play and try to win the game."

When asked if he was still confident United would win their 20th league title, Nani said: "Of course."

Sir Alex Ferguson has branded the clash with City the "decider" in the race for the championship and stated his belief that it is the most important derby of his career.

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