Evra blames Man Utd mentality for early season struggles

Patrice Evra believes Manchester United need to be stronger mentally to overcome a rocky patch at the start of the season, the Daily Mail has reported.

United lost at Old Trafford on Saturday evening to Tottenham Hotspur, suffering their first defeat to Spurs since 1989 after falling two goals behind before half-time. United threatened to rally by pulling a goal back shortly after the break but Spurs added a third to extend their lead. United notched a second goal but despite dominating the second-half could not level the scores.

Spurs’ victory leaves Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in third place, four points behind league leaders Chelsea and a point adrift of Everton, who beat United in their opening game of the season.

The Mail claims United have not performed well for an entire match this season, pointing to shaky spells in wins against Fulham, Southampton, Wigan Athletic and Liverpool, while United have conceded nine goals in their first six games.

Evra said of the Tottenham result: “The game last for 90 minutes and we deserved to lose because we played for only 45 minutes. I think the problem is about our head. It looked like we stayed in the hotel. In the first 45 minutes there was no speed, no focus and we didn’t win many challenges…and that is not good enough if you want to win the title.

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