Patrice Evra slams Man Utd’s flops and blames Erik ten Hag for humiliating start to season ahead of Liverpool clash


PATRICE EVRA has slammed Manchester United’s flops in a brutal assessment of Erik ten Hag’s “traumatised” side.

The Untied legend has watched on in horror as his old club have made a shocking start to the Premier League season.

Manchester United were smashed 4-1 at Brentford last weekend

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Manchester United were smashed 4-1 at Brentford last weekendCredit: Getty

That included a devastating 2-1 home loss to Brighton before being smashed 4-0 at Brentford last weekend.

And the Frenchman – now a Betfair Ambassador – has laid into the club and even blamed Ten Hag for the dreadful start.

Evra fumed: “I see the same players, there’s no confidence and I think we have got carried away with the pre-season.

“We blame the board, the manager, and many people. But what about the players?

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“I always have so much respect for the players but now I think it’s time for them to take some responsibility.

“I also blame Ten Hag, he’s been fooled by all those players, the same way other managers have been fooled by them.

“In pre-season they looked so good, and he would have been excited to make them even better, but no. Psychologically they are broken.

“Every time they face a difficult challenge, those players won’t overcome it. It’s been like this for years and it’s the same thing, it doesn’t even hurt anymore, it’s Deja Vu.

“The manner of the defeat against Brentford tells you that this team is traumatised. I’m not surprised by the result, you can see the body language.

“People aren’t blaming Ten Hag, but I’m sorry, he came in like ‘I can do it’, and he can’t until those players leave. We have to rebuild everything and with those players we won’t go anywhere.

“I’m sad because I never like to criticise the players, and when I see them I say ‘hi’ with a smile and they love and respect me. But now, I’m hurt so bad I have to tell the truth to them face to face.”

Evra, 41, has also blasted United’s transfer policy along of signing 5ft 9in Lisandro Martinez, along with old team-mate David de Gea.

He said: “Ten Hag has come from the Dutch league, he wants to play from the back. You can’t do that with the players he has.

“De Gea can’t play from the back. He’s brought in Martinez and everyone has questioned his height. I played centre back, but I can jump and win the ball against Peter Crouch, so this is the difference.

“Ten Hag needs to adapt and realise that the Premier League is different, physically you need to be ready. I struggled in my first six months. I thought I could come in, play nice and easy, but no.

“After that, all that summer I was in the gym getting stronger, getting ready to jump and win the ball. That’s when I really started my United career.

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“I’m still giving him time, it’s too soon to say someone isn’t up for the job. From my experience and what I’ve seen in the past, it doesn’t look good for him.”

Evra also claims he was not surprised with the hammering at Brentford and says they are more worried about their pay-packets than the club.

He added: “I don’t ask those players to play amazing every game, but to fight. If they don’t fight anymore it’s because those players don’t want to be there and they don’t respect the badge.

“Let’s be clear. Brentford were 4-0 up after 35 minutes. When I saw that I wasn’t surprised, and that’s the worst part. What did we expect after seeing the same midfield, the same team, what does anyone expect?

“I’m angry with the players because it’s down to them. It’s down to them to say ‘you know what, I’ve been here many years and I don’t have the level anymore so I’m going to another team, I want half of my salary to get another team.’

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“People are comfortable, people are enjoying their money and their lives and that’s why when it’s like this, I’ve had enough. You can’t take money off the club just to feel comfortable, you have to fight on the pitch.

“That’s why I think the players have to look at themselves and question if they are destroying their legacy.”


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