Alex Ferguson will lift Manchester United says Patrice Evra

 

Patrice Evra has complete faith in Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's ability to bring in the right players to bolster the Red Devils squad this summer.

Even if those dramatic five minutes' of injury-time at the Etihad Stadium had not gone against his team yesterday and United had been crowned champions for the 20th time, Ferguson would still have been plotting to improve.

Although many supporters view the enormous wealth available to Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini with a sense of fear, and have brought renewed demands for investment from the Glazer family, Ferguson is merely accepting it as another challenge to be overcome.

The Scot's presence at the German Cup final in Berlin on Saturday evening looks set not only to be the prelude to an offer for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa, but also firming up interest in striker Robert Lewandowski.

And no matter who eventually arrives at Old Trafford, Evra is certain Ferguson will get it right.

"I am not crazy," said the France full-back.

"I won't say that we've had a good season or we'll be okay.

"Every player has to be better next season than we were this year, even if we haven't been as poor as a lot of people say.

"Fans will want to see a few new players and I trust totally in the boss. He will do the right thing.

"There aren't many players who can play for Manchester United and I know the boss will make the best decision."

The real question is how good is this current United squad.

Some believe that, after collecting 89 points - the best achieved by any team finishing second in the Premier League era - there is not a lot wrong taking into account significant injuries to Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher.

Others feel a continued reliance on Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, whose retirement U-turn triggered the surge in form that, only six games from the end of the season looked certain to secure yet another title, is masking clear deficiencies and that the only surprise about this campaign is that United got so close.

Typically, Evra's glass is half full, accepting that the Red Devils are judged by exacting standards compared to the rest.

"Every year people criticise United. People say we've had the worst season ever if we don't win the league," he said.

"This is not the truth. The season we've just finished has been a miracle. People were saying it was going to be the worst season but we are nine points better off than last year and we've scored more goals.

"We only think we've failed because we haven't won.

"Winning is the Manchester United spirit, it's the Manchester United way. It doesn't matter if you've only got one leg, you have to win.

"If I played for another team then maybe we'd say well done for coming second."

Yet Evra also noted a problem with attitude at key stages, which is what he puts the most damaging results - against Wigan, Everton and Manchester City - in a four-game April period down to.

"We played those games in the same way we played the group stages of the Champions League," he said.

"We thought everything would be fine. We were eight points clear, then it was five points, then three. All the time we were saying to ourselves, 'It will be okay: we are Manchester United'."

But everything was not OK. When the final whistle sounded on the Premier League yesterday, United had finished second, condemned to runners-up spot by the slimmest of margins, triggering a summer of soul-searching amongst their supporters.

And yet again, Evra has been involved more than anyone else, starting every league game other than the first, at West Brom in August.

"I was surprised," he said.

"It's a lot of games and a lot of stress on my body, but the only thing I want to do now is play with more quality.

"I am proud to play a lot of games but I've put myself in trouble.

"If I start to play fewer people will say I am old and should retire - and I am scared to do that."

PA

Arts & Entertainment
Madonna in her music video for 'Like A Virgin'
music... and other misheard song lyrics
News
Waitrose will be bringing in more manned tills
newsOverheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
News
Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives his annual televised question-and-answer session
peopleBizarre TV claim
News
The energy drink MosKa was banned for containing a heavy dose of the popular erectile dysfunction Levitra
news
VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Sport
Australia's Dylan Tombides competes for the ball with Adal Matar of Kuwait during the AFC U-22 Championship Group C match in January
sportDylan Tombides was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011
Arts & Entertainment
Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard in the TV adaptation of 'Fargo'
tv
News
Posted at the end of March, this tweeted photo was a week off the end of their Broadway shows
people
Arts & Entertainment
tvIt might all be getting a bit much, but this is still the some of the finest TV ever made, says Grace Dent
News
peopleStar to remain in hospital for up to 27 days to get over allergic reaction
Arts & Entertainment
Comedian Lenny Henry is calling for more regulation to support ethnic actors on TV
tvActor and comedian leads campaign against 'lack of diversity' in British television
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit