Patrice Evra pledges his support to Wayne Rooney
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has pledged to support Wayne Rooney despite criticising the striker earlier in the week.
The French international had reacted angrily to Rooney’s statement last week in which the striker questioned the quality of United’s squad.
“If one player in the team does not trust the others, he should not play in the team,” Evra said earlier in the week.
However, the former Monaco left-back now appears to have changed his stance and accepts Rooney’s comments came as the result of being in a difficult position.
“I know from experience that I could be in his situation one day and so could everyone,” Evra told the Daily Mirror. “We are always open to him if he needs our help.”
The 29-year-old accepted Rooney’s criticism of the team but denied suggestions that United’s squad is not capable of competing amongst Europe’s elite.
“I myself would not play for this club if I knew we were not strong enough to win the league,” said Evra. “That is why we all play for Manchester United.
“At this moment, I think everyone just needs to focus on their own job again and we will see at the end of the season. I agree with the criticism that United have not had the winning mentality this season.
“We draw, we win and then we draw again and, of course, people will talk about this not being the same United because we are already behind Chelsea in the league.”
He added: “I only stay in Manchester to win trophies and my message is that if people think that United are finished they are making a big mistake. I say this because it is the truth and I believe it.”