Patrice Evra: Man United have shown great spirit to cope with injuries
Patrice Evra is proud that Manchester United are keeping pace with title rivals Manchester City despite a long list of absentees
Patrice Evra believes Manchester United have shown great character to overcome an injury-hit season and still compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Sir Alex Ferguson was without first-team regulars Phil Jones, Nani and Chris Smalling for United’s 3-3 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, while the Red Devils boss lost Nemanja Vidić to a season-ending knee injury last December.
“I don’t know what is happening, I think someone is doing some voodoo on us!” Evra told United’s website. “It’s amazing how many injuries we’ve had. I see many teams complaining about the injuries they have but, for us, it has been amazing.
“To lose a player like Nemanja Vidić for the season yet we’ve coped with that. I think to get so close to Manchester City, given the injuries we have had, shows we have really good spirit in the team.
“That’s the most important thing and that’s the culture of the club. No matter what happens, we don’t like to have excuses. I just say ‘well done’ to every player but the job is not finished. The most important part is still to come.”
Evra is confident United can retain their Premier League crown despite a difficult month ahead, with games against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, while they also have a Europa League clash with Ajax to prepare for.
“There’s still a long time to go,” he continued. “I always say the league is a marathon not a sprint.
“Next we have Liverpool and then the Europa League against Ajax. I think that’s why we play for Manchester United because we want to play in those type of games. We have to make sure we show that now on the pitch.
“Every game is difficult but we just have to say to ourselves we have to win all of them. I know it’s not easy but if you want to win the league, you have to win these sort of games.”