It was like we stayed in the hotel! Evra says United deserved to lose after poor first half show
12:53 GMT, 30 September 2012
Patrice Evra believes Manchester United are putting their Barclays Premier League title hopes at risk with the kind of performance they produced against Tottenham on Saturday.
United's 3-2 defeat was their second of the season.
It leaves them four points behind early pacesetters Chelsea and already in that dreaded game of catch-up.
Down and out: Patrice Evra slammed Manchester United's first half showing
Of their six matches so far, the Red Devils have been behind in five. They have kept just one clean sheet and conceded nine goals.
And Evra knows it simply is not good enough.
'It is too much if we want to win the title,' said the Frenchman.
'The result against Tottenham is what happens when you only play for 45 minutes.
'The game is 90 minutes long and we deserved to lose because we only played for 45.
'To concede three goals at Old Trafford is not good enough.'
Indeed, Evra went further, questioning United's mentality.
'The problem is in our heads,' he said.
'It looked like we stayed in the hotel.
'The first 45 minutes had no speed, no focus, we didn't win a lot of challenges and we conceded some silly goals.
'Maybe I am hard with myself and the team but we only showed the United face in the second half.
'This is not enough if we want to win the title.'
The positives to be gained from a vastly improved second-half display, triggered by the introduction of Wayne Rooney, were tempered by the sight of Jonny Evans hobbling away after the final whistle.
Sir Alex Ferguson said afterwards the Northern Ireland defender was suffering from nothing worse than a dead leg and would be fit for Tuesday's Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj.
If Ferguson is not correct in his assessment, rookie Scott Wootton could be in for the biggest game of his fledgling career as United look to build on their success over Galatasaray.
Job done: The Spurs bench erupted when they sealed the victory
Impressive: Gareth Bale surged through the middle of the park to score his goal
However, against Romanian opponents who took advantage of Braga's profligacy to record a surprise win in Portugal a fortnight ago, United cannot afford a repeat of what unfolded on Saturday.
'We have to be positive,' said Evra.
'It's not a bad start to the season.
'We won at Anfield, which we didn't do last season, even if they played much better than us.
'We still have a lot to do, but we have to forget that first half against Spurs.
'I hope it was just an accident and we can get back the winning mentality that we showed in the second half in the Champions League and against Newcastle on Wednesday.'
Not enough: Nani sparked the fightback just after half-time but United could not get a point