Evra believes Manchester United were over confident in Europe this year

The Old Trafford full back has agreed with the comments on the Premier League champions' poor form in Europe and feels the club's huge status lead to over confidence in the players
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has stated that his side’s poor form in Europe this year was down to over-confidence.

For the 30-year-old and his team-mates it’s been a season of disappointment in Europe after crashing out of both the Champions League and Europa League in the early stages of the both competitions.

United were knocked out of the group stages of the Champions League in a group featuring Basel, Benfica and Otelul Galati, and forced into the Europa League where they were defeated in both legs of the last-16 tie against Athletic Bilbao.

"We think in the beginning of the Champions League, we’ve been too confident,” Evra told reporters.

“We think 'we have the name, we are going to pass the tour' and after we’ve been out against Basel.”

Many thought United should make it to the final, but their poor home form in Europe saw them just edge a nervy last-32 tie against Ajax with a 2-0 victory away sparing their blushes.

However, they were finally put to the sword in the next round after successive losses to Athletic Bilbao, going down 3-2 at home and 2-1 away for a 5-2 aggregate defeat.

The French international hasn't denied his disappointment in his side’s European campaign this season.

He added: “It’s a bad year in Europe for Manchester United. We have to agree with that.”

Focus will now shift onto the Premier League for Ferguson's team, and beating rivals Manchester City to the title. They will look to bounce back from their midweek disappointment against Wolves on Sunday.