Evra: Critics want us to fail
Patrice Evra accepts Manchester United will never get true recognition for their achievements because so many critics want them to fail.
United are closing in on a record 20th league title which they can secure on Monday following Manchester City's 3-1 defeat at Tottenham. Victory against Aston Villa at Old Trafford will also set them up for a four match run-in where maximum points would allow them to overhaul Chelsea's record Premier League total of 95 points.
Yet it seems destined to be a championship collected with caveats. For few think this is one of Sir Alex Ferguson's best teams, let alone the finest since the league was changed in 1992. It is not something particularly understood within the Red Devils camp - but then Evra is not that bothered about it, saying: "People want to see Manchester United fall down."
The France full-back added: "In the seven years I have been here, it has always been the same. When you lose one game it is like the end of the world. If you don't accept this pressure, you can't play for Manchester United."
What irritates Evra more is that United's critics prefer to ignore the positive aspects of their play. For instance, at the start of the season, when they were continually hauling themselves back from losing positions, few looked at the battling qualities shown, preferring instead to concentrate on their leaky defence.
More recently, questions have been asked why the Red Devils have been so lacklustre, rather than focus on the 22 points collected from 27 since Gary Neville singled out David de Gea for criticism at Tottenham.
Even after their Champions League exit to Real Madrid, the hangover from which still appears to be lingering, United have collected 10 points from five games.
"It is right," said Evra. "In the beginning of the season, Manchester United was not doing well, we always had to come back.
"But we did keep winning. People forget we are a marathon team. The league is not a sprint. People just want to see us playing well in a big game against City, or Liverpool.
"This is not the way to win a league. Of course you want to win against the big teams. But it is about how many games you win. I thought why are people talking. We are 12 or 15 points clear but they keep saying Manchester United this or that. If that is what they want to do, OK. But in the end, if we get to lift the trophy we will see who is right."