Evra: City are all talk and no action
Published 23:00 08/11/10 By David McDonnell
Patrice Evra has taunted Manchester City ahead of tomorrow's derby by saying they are all talk and never deliver on the pitch.
City chief executive Garry Cook has boasted of how the club, already the richest on the planet, will soon be bigger than United in their relentless quest for world domination.
But United defender Evra said talk is cheap and claimed City have yet to prove themselves equal to United where it matters most - on the field.
"They always say that," said Evra. "They always say that [they are bigger than us] and they never beat us."
Evra also tried to wind up City over their perceived inferiority complex by claiming it will be nothing special to United if they win - because they have bigger ambitions than simply beating their local rivals.
"If we win it's a good result for Manchester United," said Evra. "But it will be normal, it will not be so special.
"We need to win every game now. We don't just need to win against City, we are looking to win the league.
"When we start the season we think about winning every game. I can say it would be nice to beat City because it's a special game, it's the derby and everyone wants to win.
"But it's not the priority. The priority is to win the league but make sure we don't lose the derby."
Unlike City, who have spent more than £250million on players since Sheikh Mansour's takeover in September 2008, United have relied heavily on younger players at lower prices, with Sir Alex Ferguson claiming he sees no value in the current transfer market.
Evra backed United's faith in young, emerging players over City's willingness to spend whatever it takes to land the world's top players in their pursuit of success. "We always believe in the younger players," said Evra.
"The boss believes in that. We don't need more players. It's not my job to say so, but I think the squad is strong enough for this season.
"Afterwards [after this season], I don't know, we will see. But it's still strong and we still have a big chance to win the league.
"We need to keep winning. We started to concede some goals and made some silly draws - but nobody beat us and now we keep on winning because we're confident. That's the Manchester United spirit. That's the Manchester United everyone wanted to see.
Although Wayne Rooney is 5,000 miles away on a boot camp in the U.S. to get his mind and body right, Evra admitted the contract saga over their star striker's future had brought the rest of the United squad closer together.
Rooney was critical of the current United squad's ability and ambition in a statement released at the height of his contract stand-off and Evra admitted his team-mates were unimpressed with their team-mate's decision to publicly
"It was a little shock because I think maybe we were not happy to see people saying a lot of things about us," said Evra. "So yes maybe [the episode united the squad]. We just know that when we play with the Manchester United spirit we can beat anyone.
"But we also don't care what people say. Wayne now has a five-year deal with Manchester United. He is a Manchester United player. We hope we get him back quickly from his injury so he can help us to win the league."
United skipper Nemanja Vidic admitted the Manchester derby had assumed even more significance following City's elevation to the status of richest club in the world, following their takeover by Sheikh Mansour and his personal £20billion fortune.
"There is always excitement when a derby comes round but in the last two years it has been even greater because of the money City have put into their club," said Vidic.
"The expectation has grown at City as well compared to, say, four years ago. It's a massive game, they have quality players and big expectations. But it will not matter what the form is like going into the game, it's about that moment.
"We're looking forward to winning but there is still along way to go [in the title race] and the top four or five will drop points."