Man United’s Patrice Evra: We deserved to lose to Spurs after first-half display
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra admits the Red Devils deserved to lose to Tottenham after a poor first-half display
Patrice Evra admitted Manchester United deserved to lose to Tottenham Hotspur after the Red Devils produced a poor first-half performance at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen put the visitors ahead in the fourth minute, before Gareth Bale’s superb solo effort extended Tottenham’s lead.
The Red Devils pulled a goal back through Nani at the start of the second half, but Clint Dempsey finished from close range to restore Spurs’ two-goal cushion.
Shinji Kagawa managed to snatch another for United, but Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both missed good chances to level as Andre Villas-Boas’ side hung on to claim a 3-2 win and the three points.
“This is what happens when you only play for 45 minutes,” Evra told United’s website.
“The game is 90 minutes long and we deserved to lose because we only played for 45. To concede three goals at Old Trafford is not good enough when you want to win the game.
“The problem is about our heads – it looked like we stayed in the hotel. The first 45 minutes had no speed, no focus, we didn’t win a lot of challenges and we conceded some silly goals.
“Maybe I am hard with myself and the team but we only showed the United face in the second half.”
United face a trip to Romanian side Cluj in the Champions League on Tuesday, before making the journey north to take on Newcastle United in the Premier League.
And Evra insisted Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have plenty of reasons to be positive, including their victory at Anfield last weekend ahead of the two testing fixtures.
“We have to be positive,” he added. “It’s not a bad start to the season. We won at Anfield, which we didn’t do last season, even if they played much better than us.
“We still have a lot to do, but we have to forget that first half against Spurs.
“I hope it was just an accident and we can get back the winning mentality in the Champions League and against Newcastle.”