Evra reveals turning point
Patrice Evra has pinpointed the win over Bursaspor as the pivotal moment in Manchester United's campaign.
Last Updated: 26/05/11 5:46pm
Patrice Evra has pinpointed the victory over Bursaspor in October as the pivotal moment in Manchester United's successful campaign.
The Red Devils had begun the season with just three wins and five draws from their opening eight Premier League games, the last of those seeing United fritter away a two-goal lead against West Brom at Old Trafford.
Four days later United unconvincingly defeated Turkish outfit Bursaspor 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League group phase, the result completely overshadowed by Wayne Rooney's announcement a couple of hours earlier that he wanted to leave.
United's season looked bleak for those few hours - and indeed up to the point when Rooney backed down and committed his future to the club - but Evra maintains the Bursaspor win was hugely important.
"The year twisted on that game against Bursaspor," he said.
"We won but everyone was criticising us. [But] for all the trouble that was around the club, I felt then the team was more of a unit.
"I just knew Manchester United were going to come together."
United put that difficult period behind them to make it through to Saturday's UEFA Champions League final, where they will face Barcelona, while they also clinched the Premier League title.
Chelsea mounted the strongest domestic challenge to United but Evra insists he was never too concerned about the threat coming from Stamford Bridge.
"Although we were dropping points I never felt anyone was better than us," said the Frenchman.
"It was always our fault. Every time it was us making the mistake.
"I wasn't sure about Chelsea. They won their first two matches easily [6-0 against both West Brom and Wigan] and it led people to say they would win the title.
"I wanted to see what happened when they had their first real test. They got it at Manchester City, and they lost.
"After that I thought we would do well."