By Chris Wright
Manchester United’s unofficial PR rep Patrice Evra feels that his call to write Arsenal off as a ‘training centre’ before the two sides met on Monday has been completely vindicated by the Gunners’ sallow performance thereafter.
Evra mocked Arsene Wenger‘s side for prizing attractive football over ‘killing off games’ to get results, and implied that their penchant for the ‘dry hump’ was an overriding factor in their ongoing five-year trophy drought.
The Frenchman told the Sun:
“I think we confirmed what I’d said before the match. I think Arsenal played really well, you shouldn’t neglect that, but we were better – I really say that without any arrogance.
“I heard people saying that what I said was below the belt, but that wasn’t my intention. I just wanted to show how much I believe in my team, in their potential and strength.”
Evra also claimed that Arsenal’s predictability allowed United to form a match-winning game plan beforehand:
“We know Arsenal and we know that if you don’t let them breathe, which is what the coach said before the match, then it becomes hard for them – especially at Old Trafford.
“United always show up for the big games. Arsenal enjoyed a lot of possession but only had one chance.
“I think our victory was really deserved, it didn’t boil down to small details. But people will have a go at me again for saying what I think.”
God love him. He’s bonkers but, as per, he’s just about on the money.