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Winning the only option for Evra
Published : 10 May 2010 17:38:50
Patrice Evra feels he has let Manchester United down this season.
By any standards, it has been impressive, a fact not lost on Sir Alex Ferguson given the France full-back's 51 appearances were more than anyone else in the United squad, but the 29-year-old insists he could have done more to avoid the shattering disappointment of watching Chelsea lift the trophy.
"I always say when we don't win the Premier League it feels like I have not done my job for the team," said Evra. "When you play for Manchester United you must always win. In four (full) years with Manchester United this was the first time I have never won the league and I feel strange. To finish second is good but it is not my mentality."
Ferguson insists there is no point picking out games which could have changed the course of the season.
Evra can think of a few though. That second game defeat at Burnley for a start, more latterly the home defeat to Chelsea, followed by a draw at Blackburn that ultimately proved to be terminal.
Not that the season was without its highlights for the former Monaco man.
Certainly the feeling of lifting the Carling Cup at Wembley after captaining United to victory against Aston Villa will live long in the memory.
"I am very proud about that," he said. "I was in good form and everyone has congratulated me on my season. It is not just about playing, it is about performing and I performed for 51 games.
"But every year I play for Manchester United I want to win. Here you have to be first.
"This year I don't feel we have done the job very well. I congratulate Chelsea but I feel like Manchester United have given them the league."