Patrice Evra: Manchester United defeat to Sunderland was "the story of our season”
Patrice Evra his disappointment in how his side’s league campaign has panned out, identifying Manchester United’s recent home defeat against Sunderland as an example of where the reigning champions have gone wrong during the current season.
“Saturday was disappointing. It’s the story of our season isn’t it? You win one, you can’t carry the form on,” Evra told the Manchester Evening News.
“But I thought we played alright in decent patches of the game. I thought we controlled the majority of the second half. We didn’t really have that final cutting edge. That is what was missing,” the Frenchman continued.
Only Liverpool and Manchester City can currently boast better away records from this season’s Premier League campaign but Evra admitted the defeat to Sunderland points to a wider problem in terms of the Red Devils’ inability to have record results in the games most would have expect them to.
“You look at the away games we have played this season, we are up there on form, but the home form for whatever reason has not been as good. It’s caught us out and that’s something next season we really need to nail down and work on.”
“This year is a season to forget really quickly. It’s been so painful. It is not about this game against Sunderland. It’s about lots of games. It has been a big frustration. I think that is why the league this year is between many teams because Manchester United are not in the running.
“This year we have been really poor. We deserve all the criticism. We didn’t play well enough. We lose some stupid games and that is why we are in this position. I really think it’s an accident.”
Swansea, Southampton, Stoke, Spurs and Stoke have all scored more goals than Manchester United so far at home this season.