Evra worried by injury list
Stand-in skipper Patrice Evra is starting to get worried about Manchester United's chronic injury list.
By the time Sir Alex Ferguson's men had completed their 5-0 drubbing of Wigan at Old Trafford, they had 11 men on the treatment table. The latest was Jonny Evans, whose departure with a calf injury at half-time meant the Red Devils ended the contest with Evra and Michael Carrick teaming up in central defence.
"I am a little bit worried because we need everyone if we are going to win the league," said the France international. "It is starting to get annoying."
And whilst Ferguson is hopeful youngsters Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will have recovered from illness in time to face Blackburn on New Year's Eve, Evra knows the present situation is unsustainable.
He added: "It is not the first year we got so many injuries. Two years ago I played with Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher at the back.
"The most important thing is that we won but I hope everyone gets fit because Blackburn is another big game and we need all the defenders."
Sir Alex Ferguson does not need reminding the game Evra refers to turned out to be a 3-0 defeat at Fulham in December 2009, the importance of which only became apparent at the end of the season when United failed by a single point to overcome Chelsea in the Premier League title battle. And they cannot expect to have many more days as comfortable as Monday.
Against opponents who have lost every competitive game against them, the Red Devils were already ahead when referee Phil Dowd took an extremely harsh view of the arm Connor Sammon caught Michael Carrick in the face with.
The red card was followed a couple of minutes later by the first goal of Dimitar Berbatov's hat-trick and Wigan were sunk.
"The red card is a shocking decision," said Wigan boss Roberto Martinez. "If you want to show a red card using those standards you will end up with six men each. I was surprised when he gave the free-kick. To see the red card, I was gobsmacked."