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Evra: We must learn from mistakes

October 4, 2012
By ESPN staff

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has urged his teammates to use last season's blemishes as motivation when they play Newcastle on Sunday.

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PA PhotosPatrice Evra reacts during Man Utd's 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham

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United suffered a 3-0 defeat at St James' Park in January and Evra insists they must learn from a number of lacklustre performances this season to reverse the result.

Evra came under criticism for his role in Cluj's opening goal during United's Champions League clash with the Romanians and he is eager to command the game early against Newcastle.

"The result against Cluj is a confidence booster ahead of Newcastle on Sunday because last season up there was a disaster," Evra said.

"We played very badly but this year is going to be very important because we have already lost against Tottenham and we have to react. We don't want another wake-up call. We have to score first and make sure we control the game.

"We had a meeting after the game at Newcastle last season and we talked with each other because it is not the way we respect the shirt of Manchester United. After that, we just kept winning games."

United conceded two early goals against Tottenham on the weekend and were under significant pressure when they took on Liverpool last month.

"Against Liverpool, we didn't play well and they played much better than us, but the first half against Tottenham was just unbelievable and I don't have an answer," Evra said.

"The space and everything was so poor. So, even if we go behind, we can still win the game when we play for 90 minutes."