Patrice Evra sends message to underperforming Manchester United stars

Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has sent a message to the current under-fire squad.

United were abject in their 1-0 defeat against Wolves and it is clear that sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has so far not had the desired effect.

It is also open season in terms of rumours of discontent and rifts in the dressing room but Evra has called on Ralf Rangnick’s players to show character.

Speaking in a video on Instagram, Evra said he wants the squad to show their mettle at a time when they are being questioned from all angles in terms of their mentality as well as quality.

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“You know what’s frustrating for the fans? We have the players. Instead of talking about the manager, let’s talk about the players,” he said.

“You are at United – do you understand how lucky you are to play for this club? Show that to us, please. That’s what we are waiting for.

“The players – we ask you to perform. If you don’t like it when people criticise you when you have a bad game, leave the club!

“United DNA is winning mentality – winning trophies, but also running, passion, the fighting spirit. Even when you lose but give everything on the pitch, the fans will applaud you but that’s not what is happening right now.”

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Evra’s comments echo what many fans will be thinking right now but they carry that much extra weight when they come from someone who knows what it takes to play for – and win at – United.

Who knows which reports of discontent and player unrest are true? What is clear is that United’s players are not going down fighting at the moment.

It is to be hoped that they find some spirit, togetherness and unity between now and the end of the season, but that was beyond them when it came to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it has not transpired under Rangnick so far.

If a siege mentality is needed, like the one Sir Alex Ferguson used to create, then fine. But at the moment, Luke Shaw summed it up perfectly after the Wolves loss when he said there was a lack of intensity and togetherness and something needs to change.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.