Evra: Manchester United not worried by City
Patrice Evra declared yesterday that Manchester United don’t need to consider the threat of Manchester City — even as Roberto Mancini prepares to capitalise on Arsenal's growing sense they must sell Samir Nasri, with a move for the player this week.
French newspaper L'Equipe reported yesterday that Nasri has already agreed personal terms of £185,000 per week ahead of a prospective move to the Etihad Stadium and Mancini's disjointed side certainly looked like one in need of another playmaker at Wembley.
Wenger had been reluctant to let Nasri go but his contribution in pre-season has suggested that he will not be committed to the club if Arsenal take a £20m gamble on him walking away when he is out of contract next summer.
Evra echoed Wayne Rooney's comments about United's 3-2 win in the two clubs' first Wembley clash for silverware, when he said the “important team” next season would be his own.
“We played much better than them, but we did it the Man United way and came back to win it right at the end,” Evra said.
“It's too early to say whether it will give us an edge. We just played well. We just showed that we are the champions. We don't need to look at City or anyone else. If we want to retain our title we just have to play the Man United way.
“I always say I respect every opponent, City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool — anyone. But the most important team will be Manchester United. It will be us.”
He added: “If we play the way we can, we've shown everyone we should win the title. We'll be difficult to beat.
“We don't worry about the rest of them, We only focus on Man United.”
Meanwhile City goalkeeper Joe Hart (24), who admitted City’s 2-0 half-time lead was against the run of play, has signed a new five-year contract.
“I think we needed a kick up the backside before the season started,” Hart said.
“We've done well this pre-season but we have to learn we're not quite there yet, but we will be.
“I don't think we had the right mindset when we came back out [for the second half at Wembley].
“I thought we defended a bit deep. It's hard when you're playing against a top quality side like [United]. They had nothing to lose in the second half.
City captain Vincent Kompany said of Sunday's result: “I don't think we were caught like |this last season at all, and at 1-0 or 2-0 up I couldn't see how we would give something away like we did.
It's part of this period of pre-season and it's maybe good for us that it's happened now, because now we're focused on Monday [against Swansea City in the Premier League] and we're the kind of team that can bounce back. On Monday we'll be hungry to go out there and win the game.”