Trailing pace-setting Arsenal by eight points in the Premier League and lying eighth themselves in the table, Manchester United can only truly consider themselves challengers for the title once they have completed a ten-game winning run. That is the view of defender Patrice Evra, who added that the club must adopt a win-at-all-costs mentality, even if that is to the detriment of playing 'beautiful football'.
'We’ve lost our consistency and we need to find it really quickly if want to win every trophy,' full back Evra is quoted by The Mirror to have said.
Some might say that United have already found that as David Moyes engineered an unbeaten run of form in October, however, Evra highlights dropped points to Southampton in the middle of the month as vindication of his belief that the club must achieve a 30-point tally from the ten league games that follow on from the Saints draw.
'We can’t win one game and draw the next one, or lose it,' said Evra. 'Now, every game is important. We [do] want to win two or three games in a row but it is when we win 10 games in a row that I will say Manchester United are back in business. At the moment, we’re not.'
As the club already recorded victory over Stoke City recently, that leaves another nine games to go for Evra's ambition to be realised. Should the 30 points be accrued in that space of time, United will have defeated Arsenal at Old Trafford, Cardiff in Wales, Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane and Newcastle United at home, amongst others.
'We have to make sure we win games - even if we do it in a bad way or an ugly way. We need to win those 10 games. We don’t have any choice.
'After that, we can play the beautiful football,' the Frenchman concluded.
United fans: would you sacrifice beautiful football if it meant United would have 41 points before they meet Norwich City on December 28? Is a 30 point tally in the space of ten games a mandatory requirement for their title hopes? Let us know in the comment section below…
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