Evra admits Man Utd players fear losing their place

Patrice Evra has spoken of the fear with which the Manchester United players live under Sir Alex Ferguson, revealing that they are afraid of losing their place in the side, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The newspaper adds that Evra has experience of the issue himself, having been criticised for his performances last season despite retaining his place. The Mirror adds that the France international was saved by the lack of a long-term replacement in the United squad throughout the last campaign, but this summer United signed Dutch defender Alex Buttner, who has already been selected over Evra in his short Old Trafford career.

Evra said: “If you don’t play well you could quite easily not be playing. There are a lot of players and it’s difficult for [Ferguson] to pick his 11 players. That’s good. Maybe last year there wasn’t big enough competition on every part of the pitch. But now everyone has to play their best because, if you don’t, you will be on the bench. That applies to everyone. We all have to play better.

Buttner was given the nod over Evra for the visit of Wigan Athletic to Old Trafford, with the new boy impressing on his debut and getting on the score sheet as well, netting the fourth goal in a comprehensive 4-0 win over the Latics. Buttner is expected to start for United in the Capital One Cup clash with Newcastle United on Wednesday.

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