Patrice Evra has sent a clear message to Manchester United’s current crop of players, urging them to set their priorities straight and start displaying the correct characteristics, amid their recent woes.
United produced another forgettable and uninspiring performance against Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday evening, meaning they made a disappointing start to the New Year, with Joao Moutinho’s late winner securing a 1-0 win for the visitors.
Just a week on from the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, which featured another lethargic and dismal performance, the defeat to Wolves was another sign that United’s players are just as much to blame as former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and current boss Ralf Rangnick, who has so far struggled to get a consistent tune out of his squad.
The players, despite their undisputed talent, are continuing to fail to perform to the standards required and are lacking the heart and passion that United teams of the past have displayed in bucket loads.
With the supporters growing more and more restless, Evra has urged them to trust the process and philosophy that United are trying to follow, but has told the players who are unwilling to accept justified criticism to “leave the club.”
Evra said: “After a bed result we need to be behind the club. Richard Arnold is going to have a massive decision to make, he will have to appoint his first manager and you have to take your time.
“But I don’t want people to start saying ‘we are this, we are that’. Trust the process. Look at Liverpool, they had to wait 30 years before they won the league again.
“You know what is frustrating as fans, it’s because we have got the players. But instead of talking about the manager, let’s talk about the players.
“You are at United. Do you understand how lucky you are to play for this club? Show that to us. Show that to us, please. That’s what we are waiting for? We ask you, the players, to perform. That is United.
“If you don’t like it when people criticise you after a bad game, then leave the club. Leave the club.”
United, especially under Sir Alex Ferguson, were serial-winners and left everything on the pitch game after game, regardless of the opposition.
For Evra, United’s players are currently failing to understand what it means to play for the club.
“When I speak about United’s DNA, let me explain to people what I am talking about,” Evra continued. “It is about winning mentalities, so winning trophies and trying to win the league every year. And it is like dying on the pitch; run, just run.
“Passionate people say it is now more about tactics. Yes, but the passion, the fighting spirit, this is in United’s DNA.
“Even when you lose the game and you have left everything on the pitch, the fans will applaud you. But that is not what is happening right now, so let’s be honest with ourselves, let’s fight for this badge and respect the people that come to watch the games.
“That was my philosophy when I was playing. We don’t play for the fame, we don’t play for the money, we play for making people happy, and we’re passionate about the game.”
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