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Evra: “We can’t lose at Spurs”

hi-res-180937412-patrice-evra-of-manchester-united-in-action-during-the_crop_northPatrice Evra believes Manchester United can not be written off as title challengers, but admits that the Reds can’t afford to lose against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

United conceded a late equaliser in the corresponding fixture last season, but arrive in North London on the back of an 11-game unbeaten run in all competition and face a Tottenham side still smarting from the 6-0 shellacking they suffered at the hands of Manchester City last week.

“People always write Manchester United off. Remember last year people were saying the same then, but in the end we won the league,” said Evra.

“People think I just say that to look good but it is the truth. Wait until the end of the season. Every game, every year is a challenge playing for Man United. We are strong. We have mentally strong characters. Playing for United is never easy because when you put that shirt on we have the story of the club to consider. We have to show we love this team.”

“We are playing well in the Champions League but we have to keep going at Tottenham,” Evra is quoted saying in the Guardian. “We didn’t make the most of the Arsenal win and that was why we were so disappointed about the Cardiff draw. We are in good form but for that silly [late] goal at Cardiff. We have not lost for a long time and we want to keep winning and keep winning. We cannot afford to lose in the league.

However, Evra has admitted United must channel their European form into the Premier League, where they currently lie seven points behind in Arsenal on the table.

“If we had won at Cardiff it would have been a bit easier going to Tottenham, but now we cannot afford to lose at White Hart Lane,” explained the United defender.

“We cannot afford to drop too many points and that is why Tottenham is now a very big game. Every game from now on is a big game because we had a bad start.

“If you calculate it – the draw against Southampton and Cardiff plus the defeat at home to West Brom – if we had won those matches we would be top of the league, and that is why we are so frustrated and upset.”