Patrice Evra says 'team is the star' at Manchester United

Dec 29, 2011, 11:27 IST | ANI

Acting Manchester United captain Patrice Evra believes that the spirit, which Manchester United possess and demonstrates, isn't present anywhere else.

He also believes that his side's recent performances after crashing out of Champions League prove that at Old Trafford, 'the team is the star'.

Evra is of the opinion that Manchester United used their defeat to Basel in Switzerland, which also knocked them off the Champions League, as a catalyst for their rise to the threshold of Premier League's pinnacle.

"I think it was a big disappointment when we went out early in the Champions League, but it was a wake-up call. After that, may be everyone looked at themselves in the mirror and said, 'We can do much better'. This is the United spirit," said Evra.

Manchester United was performing only a tad better in domestic competitions than Europe at the time when they crashed out of CL. They were trailing league leaders City by five points and had a massive inferior goal difference of 17 from City.

United had also crashed out from Carling Cup after facing defeat from championship side Crystal Palace, The Telegraph reports. But since their defeat to Basle, United have played four and won them all in an imposing manner while scoring 16 goals in the process and conceding only one.

Now Evra believes that his team is back on track and has shown great character since that disappointing loss.

"What the fans expect of every player, we are doing now and that's why I'm very pleased. Nothing is easy and the results are coming because we are working hard. If we stopped working hard and think only that the United name will be enough, everything is going to be wrong," he added.

Evra also expressed his contentment on the strength of United's squad.

"You can play everywhere, in any position. If you want to win, you have to accept it. The team is the star, not only one player.That's why you can put Michael Carrick and me at center back and see Antonio Valencia playing right back. We are going to win because it's the team effort and team spirit. That's why I'm confident," said Evra.

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