Man Utd players driven by fear, admits Evra

Patrice Evra has revealed that he and his Manchester United teammates are driven by the fear that the manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, will sack them all if they fail to win the Premier League title this season, the Guardian has reported.

Last season United gave up an eight-point lead over Manchester City to lose the title on goal difference and, having built up a six-point advantage following their dramatic victory in Sunday’s derby, Evra has admitted the squad are afraid of the consequences if they were to allow City to regain the ground for a second successive season.

Evra said: “I think Ferguson is going to sack everyone if we did that. No, I’m serious. It would not be funny, for the fans, for the players, for everyone.” The left-back added that a six-point gap is far from enough to call the contest in United’s favour, pointing to their experience of last season when City came back from even further behind to snatch the title on the last day through goal difference.

The United captain – in the absence of Nemanja Vidic – did however agree that beating City at the Etihad Stadium, thus inflicting City’s first home defeat in two years, or 37 games, was an important psychological blow, especially after United lost both league derbies to City last season.

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