Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has told his team mates that the side must improve ahead of their game versus Stoke City next weekend admitting that the Old Trafford side gave away too much possession against Chelsea on Sunday.
United won the game 3-1 but chances were missed all over the park with perhaps Fernando Torres missing the chance of the season already when he was offered an open net. Evra, also believes that Manchester United did not control the game enough and that they were “too rushed”.
Talking to MUTV, Evra explained:
“Maybe for the first time, we didn’t control all the game,” five wins is a good start but I always want more. I’m happy to win but I hope in the next league game, against Stoke, we create more and not try to rush things.”
“I think we tried to rush things and gave the ball away too easily. It’s why I’m not so happy. I’m happy because there’s a lot of positive things and we scored three times against Chelsea but, if we want to win the league and win every game, we have to perform better than on Sunday.”
Whilst it was a fantastic advert for the Premiership Evra felt they were lucky to go in at half time 3-0 up.
“It was a great game to watch for the fans, but it’s the first time I’ve played against Chelsea and seen an open game like that. It was a very funny game but, in the end, we won. We were lucky to be in front 3-0 at half-time so I said to the players: ‘Forget the first half and try to play like a team in the second half’.”
The Manchester United defender added:
“It was like a boxing fight, I give you and you give me back. It was really strange. I have a lot of respect for Chelsea. People talk about City and us but I always say Chelsea are our most difficult opponents as you can see. They didn’t come here just to defend but they attacked and looked to score goals and create chances. I couldn’t believe the goal didn’t go in from Fernando Torres. Maybe God was with us.”