Man Utd aiming for strong finish

Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and vice-captain Patrice Evra have spoken to MUTV, following Sunday’s 1-1 draw away to Arsenal, both declaring that despite already being named champions with three games to go, the team are not about to take their foot off the gas and finish the season with a relaxed attitude, as reported by the as the club’s official website.

It was suggested that a week of celebrating was to blame for United’s slow start at the Emirates on Sunday, something that Ferguson was quick to dismiss in his post match interviews. However, he also insisted that not only were his team able to match Arsenal, they were unlucky not to come away with all three points.

He told MUTV; “We’ve got Chelsea next week and they’re fighting for a Champions League place. We’ve got to honour the rest of the teams that are trying to get there.

“Nobody could say that we relaxed too much [at Arsenal]. We showed good aggression again in the second half in particular and with a bit more composure in front of goal I thought we could have won the game.”

Evra was quick to echo his manager’s views, stating that despite the slow start which saw them go behind to a Theo Walcott goal in only the second minute, United deserve credit for the way they recovered in the second half and reasserted their dominance.

“I’m frustrated,” said Evra. “We wanted to win the game and we had more chances than Arsenal. I don’t think we started well though. We were sleeping a little bit after being champions last week. But in the end we showed character. We were professional and we definitely played to win the game. That’s why everyone was angry at half time. We really wanted to win and I think we created more chances and deserved to win.

“A lot of people expected to see Manchester United not playing well because we have already won the title. That is not the mentality of Manchester United. We want to win every game. Even pre-season friendlies are important. If we lost at Arsenal, people would not say we lost because we have already won the league. They would just talk about us losing.

“It is important for us to win. It was a big game for us and people might laugh when I say that, but that is the Manchester United culture. We always want to win, even if we have already won the title. We always want to win.”

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