Patrice Evra backs Manchester United for the title after Tottenham draw

17 January 2011 12:03
Patrice Evra believes Manchester United's spirited draw at Spurs showed why they are firm favourites for the title this season and he doesn't care if they upset the nation in the process.

League leaders United remain unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League this season despite being held to their ninth draw and reduced to ten men at White Hart Lane.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side overtook local-rivals Manchester City at the top of the table on Sunday night, level on points but with a superior goal difference, and full-back Evra is confident that is where they will finish come the end of the campaign in May.

Reach for the top: Patrice Evra (L) believes league leaders United are on course to win the title this season

'All the country was against Manchester United - everybody wanted us to lose. But we didn't lose,' Evra told MUTV.

'[Winning the league without losing a game] is a great challenge for us, but the most important thing is to win the league.'

United are desperate to reclaim the title they lost last year to Chelsea and although they set out for a win against fellow title hopefuls Tottenham, Evra insists they were happy to leave with a point.

He said: 'It was a good point because Tottenham played very well. It's not easy to come to Tottenham and win so I think this is a good point.

'After Saturday's results it was very important we didn't lose. We came here to win but you need to give Tottenham credit.'

Hard done by: Evra believes the decision to send-off team-mate Rafael was harsh from referee Mike Riley

United's task was not made any easier after defender Rafael was sent off for a second bookable offence in the second half, a decision Evra labelled as harsh on the young Brazilian who will now serve a suspension.

'I don't know about the referee's decision,' Evra said.

'We saw it again in the dressing room and it's a difficult one. For me, I don't think it's a yellow card, but I'm not a referee.

'Rafael did a great job for us and he's a strong right back. When you play against a player like Gareth Bale you need a strong right back and Rafael showed he's good enough.'

Holding on: Despite setting out for a win, Evra says United were pleased to leave White Hart Lane with a share of the spoils and their unbeaten run intact

The France international has played down the importance of United's 26-game 'invincible' league run, however, insisting winning the title is their ultimate goal.

He added: 'Nobody in the squad is talking about that challenge. We're only talking about winning the league. That's the most important thing.'

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