Patrice Evra calls on Manchester United to improve
Defender warns his team-mates they must raise their game if they are to retain their Premier League crown
Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has warned his team-mates that they must improve if they are to win a record 20th league title this season – despite their 3-1 triumph over Chelsea on Sunday.
Chris Smalling, Nani and Wayne Rooney all scored first-half goals as United cemented their position at the top of the table with victory over The Blues at Old Trafford.
But with Chelsea looked threatening in front of goal throughout the encounter, the 30-year-old France defender has called on the Red Devils to raise their game.
“Maybe for the first time, we didn’t control all the game,” Evra told MUTV. “Five wins is a good start but I always want more. I’m happy to win but I hope in the next league game, against Stoke, we create more and not try to rush things.
“I think we tried to rush things and gave the ball away too easily. It’s why I’m not so happy. I’m happy because there’s a lot of positive things and we scored three times against Chelsea but, if we want to win the league and win every game, we have to perform better than on Sunday.”
Rooney missed a second-half penalty before Fernando Torres, who had pulled one back for the visitors soon after half-time, miscued his shot after rounding United goalkeeper David De Gea during an action-packed encounter.
“It was a great game to watch for the fans,” Evra continued. “But it’s the first time I’ve played against Chelsea and seen an open game like that.
“It was a very funny game but, in the end, we won. We were lucky to be in front 3-0 at half-time so I said to the players: ‘Forget the first half and try to play like a team in the second half’.
“It was like a boxing fight, I give you and you give me back. It was really strange. I have a lot of respect for Chelsea. People talk about City and us but I always say Chelsea are our most difficult opponents as you can see.
“They didn’t come here just to defend but they attacked and looked to score goals and create chances. I couldn’t believe the goal didn’t go in from Fernando Torres. Maybe God was with us.”