Evra: Man City triumph won’t herald end of Man United’s ‘empire’
Manchester United's Patrice Evra insists the Red Devils will return stronger should Manchester City win the title this season
Patrice Evra has denied Manchester United’s “empire” is at risk of falling at the hands of Manchester City, despite the Citizens being primed to win their first Premier League title at the Etihad next weekend.
Roberto Mancini’s side took a big step towards dethroning the Red Devils with a 2-0 victory at Newcastle United on Sunday.
It leaves United, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at Eastlands in the recent Manchester derby last Monday, behind City on goal difference with one game remaining.
City will almost certainly be crowned champions if they can beat Queens Park Rangers in their final league game, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side needing to better their rivals’ result and overturn an eight-goal deficit.
Evra admits United, who travel to Sunderland on Sunday, have struggled to cope with the retirements of key personnel last summer but the 30-year-old expects the Old Trafford outfit to invest over the summer and bounce back next season.
“I know that if we don’t win the league then a lot of people will say this is the end of the empire and ask, ‘how we will survive?'” Evra told United Review.
“But there’s a lot of talent at this club and we’ve had to deal with a lot. We lost players like Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes last summer.
“It’s never easy to find a solution immediately. But it’s not over yet. I’ll say it again: we’re not dead.”