"I thought: 'Why are people talking?’ We are 13 points clear but they keep saying ‘Manchester United, Manchester United’… in the end if we get to lift the trophy we will see who is right.
"Last year, I remember when we lost the league, everyone said City was better than us and that they played the best football. I admit we didn't play well, but in the end we finished on the same points," added the French defender.
“In my last interview [last season] I said that if Manchester United got the consistency back, maybe we could win the league by 10 points. I said it at the end of the season, not now. For the moment I am wrong – it is 13 points and we hope to keep it as that.
"I always believe in Manchester United. I didn't say it to make the fans, or the staff or my team-mates happy. I said it because it is the truth. When we are consistent, even if we don't play well, the most important thing in football is winning games and that is the case of Manchester United.”