Sunday, September 23, 2007


Patrice Evra has urged United to block out the goings-on at Chelsea and focus on producing a match-winning performance against the Blues on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s shock departure could throw the team’s pre-match preparations into turmoil. Conversely, it could see Chelsea’s players close ranks and produce a defiant display. United, on the other hand, are buoyed by a fourth 1-0 win in a row - this time against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.

“It was a good win in Lisbon,” says Evra. “We looked strong and once more didn't concede. I'd prefer to win more than 1-0 but a victory is what matters and now everyone is confident for a win against Chelsea.

“United versus Chelsea is always a big game. It's dangerous for us to think Chelsea aren't playing well or might be in trouble. We need to look after ourselves.”

Defeat for either side on Sunday could have serious repercussions on the title race, even if Evra insists it’s far too soon to discuss winning the league.

“There are more teams competing this season," Patrice points out.

"Liverpool look strong. You also have Arsenal, Chelsea, ourselves… even Blackburn. It will be even tougher than last year but, again, we must concern ourselves with our own game.”

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