We must avoid further accidents, says Evra

PATRICE EVRA fears Manchester United are going to give themselves a heart attack with their wasteful ways.

Already under fire for throwing away winning positions at Fulham and Everton this season, the Red Devils shot themselves in the foot again at Old Trafford on Sunday when they allowed Liverpool to claw themselves level from two goals down.

It took Dimitar Berbatov to rescue them by becoming the first United player to score a hat-trick against Liverpool since Stan Pearson in 1946.

The result keeps the Red Devils within sight of Chelsea.

As Evra acknowledges, United might still have been able to overcome Carlo Ancelotti’s title favourites if they had dropped more points on Sunday. But the mental scars might have taken some recovering from.

“If we keep bringing that nervousness to the situation we could finish the game with a heart attack,” said Evra.

“If we had drawn that game, how could we then say we were going to win the league.

“We had an accident at Fulham. We had another accident at Everton. But if you do it again it is not an accident. It is simply that you do not want to win the league. We have to make sure that kind of thing doesn’t happen again.’’

Meanwhile Liverpool stalwarts Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard are confident a couple of victories will put a different perspective on the current situation at Anfield.

The pair have seen more than their fair share of ups and downs during their 20-plus years at the club and insist things are not as bad as they are being portrayed. Liverpool’s current 16th place in the Barclays Premier League is undeniably a false one.

Their next league matches are home against Sunderland and Blackpool and Carragher said two victories would make a huge difference.

“There is still a long way to go,’’ he said. “A few wins and everything will look different. We have got two home games coming up in the Premier League and we need to make them count.’’

Gerrard added: “What’s done is done and all we need to talk about now in the next few days is the games we have got coming up.

“We have got to defend better as United and (Manchester) City have both scored three against us.”


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