Disappointed Evra wants no regrets

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra wants no regrets when he looks himself in the mirror at the end of the current season.

Evra was reeling with disappointment on Wednesday night after his side crashed out of the Champions League on away goals to Bayern Munich.

Evra spent a restless night, trying to work out how one of United's best performances of the season should end in such crushing disappointment.

But once the sun came up, as his manager sought solace in the racing game that has proved such a valuable outlet over the years, so Evra began to see the world in a brighter light as well.

Evra realises he might complete a full season and not end up as a league champion for the first time since his 5million arrival from Monaco in January 2006.

However, he is determined that failure will not come without a pretty fierce fight.

"When the league is finished I want to go to the mirror, look at myself and know I have done everything," he said.

"I don't want any regrets.

"It is not about what I expect Chelsea to do. If we want to win the league they need to drop some points.

"But I am focussed on Manchester United.

"Is it difficult for us to win five games in a row? I don't think so. We can do it.

"I was very sad and upset on Wednesday night but when I woke up the next day I realised I had the privilege to win the league again, for the fourth time in a row.

"I am not saying that just to look good. I believe it. I am ready for the fight."

Evra is still struggling to find a precise reason why United ended up losing to Bayern after charging into a three-goal lead.

He is certainly not pinning the blame on defensive colleague Rafael, whose dismissal four minutes into the second half was seen by many as the turning point.

"I hear a lot of people are blaming Rafael," said Evra. "I cannot believe that.

"He is a young player. OK he got the red card but Manchester United can win games with 10 men.

"If something needs to be blamed it is the team. Maybe we did not do the job properly in the first leg.

"I do know it was a huge shock. I was so disappointed and so sad. I have not turned the TV on or read a paper since."

Source: Team Talk
Date Published: 9 April 2010