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20/04/2012 15:06, Report by Nick Coppack
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Evans: Top flight tougher

Reds defender Jonny Evans says the standard of football in the Premier League is higher than ever.

United could finish the season on 94 points, the club's biggest tally since the Premier League began, and yet the team have come under plenty of fire for supposed sub-par performances.

"The bar has been raised again," Evans insists. "Chelsea did it a few years ago.

"Whenever there is an out-and-out challenger the other teams have to be better than they had been before. People keep saying it is a great achievement for this team [to be where we are] but if you look at our record it speaks for itself.

"People say we have not been playing well but some of the football we have played at home has been outstanding. You can't always play well away from home but we have gone away and ground out results."

Victories in United's next two games - at home to Everton and away at Manchester City - would clinch a record-extending 20th title for Sir Alex's men. Not that Jonny's allowing himself to think too far ahead, mind you.

"It would be nice to think we can almost touch another winners' medal but we can't think about that yet," he insisted. "It can change in just a couple of days.

"Five points sounds a lot but it isn't when you think about it. We have to concentrate on getting over the Everton game first and still being five points clear when we play Manchester City.

"A Manchester derby is a massive game, whether a Premier League title is at stake or not. It is against your local rivals. They beat us at our place earlier this season so no matter

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