Evra - United not finished
Full-back Patrice Evra insists it is a 'big mistake' to suggest Manchester United are finished.
Last Updated: 24/10/10 12:57pm
Patrice Evra insists it is a 'big mistake' to suggest Manchester United are finished and says he would leave if he thought the club were no longer strong enough to win the Premier League.
United's future ambitions have been brought into question during a turbulent past week following concerns expressed by Wayne Rooney.
Prior to performing a remarkable U-turn and signing a new five-year contract, Rooney had stated he was looking to leave Old Trafford due to fears United could no longer attract the best players.
However, Evra has dismissed concerns that the future is bleak for the Red Devils and is adamant there will be no problems with Rooney following his team-mate's comments.
"The star at Manchester United is the team, not one player," said Evra. "Everyone at the club understands that mentality.
"All young lads want to play for this club because they respect the shirt, because that shirt is the biggest story - it's our history.
"That's the message you give to the young lads and when you finish the game, you have to look in the mirror and say you have done your job.
"There was no problem in the dressing room with Wayne and if he had wanted to talk, we were open because we wanted to help him.
"But it's a big mistake to say Manchester United is finished. I like to talk in a positive way, but that is the truth.
"I would not play any more for this club if I knew we were not strong enough to win the league. That is why we play for Manchester United and we will see at the end of the season.
"Yes, Manchester City are rivals, but they are every year. I love to play against them, I love to win against Chelsea and I hate to lose to Liverpool at Anfield."