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Patrice Evra said it is no coincidence that he had suddenly started scoring, almost seven years into his Manchester United career.

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The left-back only scored three goals in his first 297 games for United before getting three in the last 13.

Each of the goals in that recent run have been headers from corners, with the diminutive defender showing his aerial ability against Newcastle, Arsenal and then Swansea in Sunday's 1-1 draw.

Evra told MUTV: "It's not an accident. I've started to believe that I can score. That's why whenever we get a corner kick I try to put myself in the right place. It's always a good delivery too - Wayne [Rooney] has set up two of my goals, and [on Sunday] it was Robin van Persie."

The result was United's first draw of the league season but it has encouraged Evra to believe that they will beat Newcastle and West Brom in back-to-back home games over the next week.

He added: "I felt that we deserved to win at Swansea and that is why I am really confident for the rest of the games we having coming up over Christmas. We have to move on from the draw and focus on our next game against Newcastle. It is important to win and it is important that we keep playing well.

"We face Newcastle at home, let's make sure we get three points. After that it is West Brom and we must make sure we get three points then too.

"This is an important part of the season and it is an opportunity to get a lot of points. I'm not worried, I am really confident for the games coming up at Old Trafford."

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