Patrice Evra explains what’s ‘killing’ him about Manchester United

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Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has demanded that the club show more “arrogance” against West Ham on Sunday, adding that it is “killing” him when other clubs talk about the Red Devils “as if we are nothing”.

United travel to the London Stadium having gained eight points from a possible 15 in the Premier League so far, with a 1-0 win over Leicester last weekend their second win of the season in the top flight.

Speaking to United’s official website, Evra – who also had a spell at West Ham – explained why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side must prepare for a tough test on Sunday.

“West Ham is a good club and I think Manuel Pellegrini is doing a great job,” the 38-year-old said. “They will go for it. I remember I was still playing for West Ham and they played against United.

“During the week, actually all the players were so focused in training and not one of them was thinking they were going to lose against United. They were like we are going to beat them and win against United.

“I was a West Ham player but a United fan and I was a little bit hurt to say: ‘Wow, my club is getting really down’, if they don’t think even one per cent they are going to lose that game.

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“The problem is they won that game 3-1, West Ham, so I was happy but really upset. Wow, we need to fix my club’ and it’s why we are Manchester United.  We played against Leicester and many people said it was going to be a tough game because they’re in form but it’s what I’m talking about.

“Where is the respect for Manchester United? I want people to fear us again and people have to go out and play better and win the games. So I know it’s not easy going to West Ham, it’s a tough place, but we have to make sure, when the players step on the pitch, we are United.

“I want that arrogance to come back, you know. Even if it’s not easy, people have to understand we are Manchester United. So I’m upset when I hear people talking about United as if we are nothing. It’s killing me.”

In other United news, Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has outlined the two players who he thinks can guide the club back to the summit of English football.


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