Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has told Manchester United’s under-performing players they ‘cannot lie’ to the supporters after a woeful season at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have endured a dismal campaign, recording their lowest Premier League points tally and failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Their poor showings has sparked criticism from former Old Trafford stars fans and on social media, with furious supporters often criticising the team, interim manager Ralf Rangnick and the controversial Glazer ownership of the club.
This season players have been booed by supporters, while chants of ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ have been aired in recent weeks.
And now the former France left-back Evra, who was part of the United team that dominated England under Sir Alex Ferguson, has suggested that some current United players might have joined the club for the wrong reasons.
Evra, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League in eight successful years at Old Trafford, said the players must ‘bleed for the badge’ as the club embarks on a revolution under new manager Erik ten Hag.
The French full-back, who was speaking after a United legends side, were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool.
Speaking to the Mirror after the charity match at Old Trafford on Saturday, Evra sadi;
“You see how crazy [the atmosphere] is and that’s what it should be like for the first squad.
“Because [the legends] today felt like the players they were in the field in the past; they give everything, they fight for the badge.
“They didn’t come here for the money, they didn’t come here to get famous. You can’t lie to the United fans, you can’t lie. So when you bleed for the badge, you run like crazy, and they will support you.
“We’ve got the best supporters in the world. You see again today for the [Manchester United] foundation how many people show up and how happy they are even when we get beat by Liverpool.”