‘Manchester City must focus and forget about Manchester United’

Gael Clichy urges Manchester City to forget about Manchester United's challenge and focus on winning their next 11 games

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Gael Clichy has urged Manchester City to remain focused on their own performances and forget about Manchester United’s challenge in the Premier League title race.

The 26-year-old’s deflected first-half goal helped City to a straightforward 2-0 victory over relegation candidates Bolton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

And Clichy emphasised the importance of City maintaining a strong mentality and sticking together as the title race intensifies.

“The mentality is really important,” he told City’s website. “It’s tough because the gap was only two points [before City’s win], so it was the difference between winning and losing a game.

“We just have to play the way we play. The players up front are scoring goals and we’ve been really solid at the back.

“The spirit is there and everyone believes we can win the title. We have to take each game at a time and see how far we can go. Hopefully it can be a great season.”

City’s victory put the pressure back onto derby rivals United ahead of their trip to Tottenham – but Clichy admitted he doesn’t expect the reigning champions to be fazed by the situation.

“I don’t know if Manchester United feel the pressure because they are used to this situation,” added Clichy.

“There are 11 games to go and we know if we have a run of winning all those games then the title is ours.

“We can’t be focused on what United are doing, and they’re a big team so they know how to deal with this situation.”

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