Manchester United defender Patrice Evra believes the club must rediscover their winning consistency before the Red Devils are ‘back in business’.
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United have failed to live up to their billing as defending Premier League champions in recent weeks as they reel in eighth spot behind the top four heading into Saturday’s game against Stoke City.
And France international Evra has pointed to the club’s inability to gain a run of form – the club has not yet won consecutive games in the league this season – as the problem holding them back from climbing the table.
“The problem is not that we are doing badly, it is because we are not doing things well enough,” Evra told MUTV.
“We have lost our consistency and we need to find it really quickly if want to win every trophy.
“We can't win one game and draw the next one, or lose it.
“Now every game is important. We have to make sure we win against Stoke.
“We want to win two or three games in a row but it is when we win 10 games in a row, that I will say Manchester United are back in business.
“At the moment we are not.”
Evra said the coaching staff were doing everything they could to help the team, but the 32-year-old admitted it may be time to turn to ‘ugly’ ways.
“The training sessions are very good,'' he said. “The staff are very good.
“I am not lying to people when I say we are doing the right things. I trust what we are doing and what the new manager has set up.
“It is just the results that are missing.
“We have to make sure, even if we do it in a bad way or an ugly way, we win games.
“We need to win those 10 games. We don't have any choice. After that we can play the beautiful football.”
Rumours have begun to swirl that Evra may leave the club after stories emerged he may move when his contract expires in the summer.
But he refused to speculate on leaving a club he has grown to ‘love’.
“I did an interview in France and I said it was personal,'' said Evra, when asked about his contract situation.
“I haven't seen what people are saying but the thing is if someone wants to talk about my contract, which is ending after this year, they have to talk to Manchester United and with my agent.
“Me? I love this club so much.”