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We are all very disappointed and upset. . . I’d like to give the excuse that we are very tired after the amazing night in the San Siro. But I won’t give that excuse. I think that we didn’t believe in the win. We had the opportunity to win.
Evra is a true Red Devil: always battling, never making excuses. It's also great to see such an important player in pitch-perfect harmony with the boss. Sir Alex had earlier pointed out:
"Milan could have had an impact," he said. "It is difficult to think that when you go through all the emotions and the pace and intensity and atmosphere of a game like Tuesday, you don't lose something.
"Whatever it was, it was just too much for us today. We had some good chances early on and we could have been two or three up. The equaliser changed the game a little bit. But it was the second half that let us down.
"Our second-half performance was very poor and when you are going for the championship you expect Manchester United to respond to the importance of the game."
If Evra's comments are to believed, hopefully this means the Red Devils will come out against the Hammers and lay them out. The mercurial left-back still has belief that United will come out on top, although I hope he realizes United cannot afford to allow Chelsea to extend their lead any more than they did on Saturday:
"It’s not damaging," [Evra] said of the defeat to Everton. "A lot of teams, big teams, have gone to Goodison Park and lost. The target before the game was that if we won there we could win the title. But we didn’t do that. There’s no damage, it’s just more difficult than we thought it was going to be to win the league. Now we have West Ham and we need to make sure we get three points before we play in the Carling Cup final.
I think it is too early to see how much damage was done to United's title ambitions right now. Chelsea picked up a massive three points though. It is good to see the focus has already been shifted to West Ham and that our players aren't blaming anyone but themselves. When United has let itself down, usually the next XI they face pay the price. Sorry West Ham, but your number is up.
Glory! Glory! Man United!