Date: 21st February 2010 at 10:15pm
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After winning at Milan, the last thing we expected was a meek surrender at Goodison Park. However, United clearly did not have the stomach for the fight and lost 3-1 without ever suggesting during the second half that they were going to get as much as a point. Patrice Evra says that’s because the players did not believe they could get the points.

‘You can find a lot of excuses, but I thought we were very disappointing in all positions,` he said.

‘We were all very tired after that amazing night in the San Siro but it was our mentality that lost us this game.

‘It was about not believing. We did not believe enough and were not focused. We were saying beforehand that if we could win here, we could win the title.

‘We didn`t, so now we have to make sure we get three points against West Ham.`


Refreshing honesty but it’s a serious concern because if we can’t find the motivation for a title race then we might as well throw in the towel now. Or if it was down to a lack of self-belief then I must ask: when will be believe in ourselves if not after a 3-2 win at San Siro?

The title race is almost over – can anyone see Chelsea surrendering such a commanding position? I can’t – but we should at least get through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. However, after Saturday’s performance, it would not be too far off the mark to suggest that Milan are the favourites…