Evra urges Man U to wake up from slumber to keep their PL title hopes alive
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has said they can't afford any more slip ups in the Premier League after losing at home to Tottenham Hotspurs last weekend ahead of their clash with Newcastle United.
United travel to St James' Park, the scene of a 3-0 defeat last January, aiming to put their Premier League title ambitions back on track after suffering two league defeats already.
With each of the three goals conceded against Spurs a result of poor defending, manager Sir Alex Ferguson conceded prior to the 2-1 Champions League win against FCR Cluj on Tuesday that his team needed to quickly draw a line under their recent defensive generosity, and Evra admits United needs to go on a winning run.
"The result against Cluj is a confidence booster ahead of Newcastle on Sunday because last season up there was a disaster," the Telegraph quoted Evra, as saying.
"We played very badly but this year is going to be very important because we have already lost against Tottenham and we have to react. We don't want another wake-up call. We have to score first and make sure we control the game," he added.
"We had a meeting after the game at Newcastle last season and we talked with each other because it was not the way we respect the shirt of Manchester United. After that, we just kept winning games," he said.
Evra further added: "So in a positive way, we can say we have strong character as we always react. But, in football, we have to act, not react."