All the news, views and transfer rumours from Old Trafford this weekend…
Every morning we bring you the latest news relating to Manchester United, and this weekend was no exception. To read our United-specific morning news you can find our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.
When the Belgian winger then started the match against Southampton, it seemed the perfect stage on which to add to the headlines his new contract had generated. But it was not to be, because a Robin van Persie strike was ultimately ruled out by a late equaliser from Adam Lallana, meaning United dropped two more precious home points.
The 1-1 draw means United are currently eighth in the Premier League, already eight points behind leaders Arsenal.
David Moyes came in for his fair share of criticism after the match, with fans taking to Twitter to express their concern at his substitutions – most notably the decision to replace Wayne Rooney with Chris Smalling.
Speaking after the match, Moyes denied claims United had lost their fear factor since the departure of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Talking to the BBC, he said, “Sir Alex Ferguson has a great history and his experience will always work in charge of any team. But the fear comes from the team on the pitch.
“The players have always been the people who have to turn out and do it.”
But for now, whatever the reason, they simply are not.
One of those players, Patrice Evra, has given a tough-talking interview to French television show Telefoot.
The United left-back hit back at comments from former French international Bixente Lizarazu.
“It does affect me at all, but the problem is that it can affect my family,” Evra is quoted as saying.
“These bums should stop lying to France. They are parasites.”
For now, Evra and his United teammates should stop worrying about what others think of them and focus on pulling United up the table before their title challenge is over this side of Christmas.
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