Now Patrice Evra says he will only stay at Manchester United if he's convinced they can still win trophies

But defender insists Red Devils are far from finished
Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra has echoed Wayne Rooney's threat by claiming he will only stay at Old Trafford if he believes the club are capable of winning major trophies.

But while admitting that United have lacked a winning mentality so far this season, he warns that nobody should be foolish enough to write them off just yet.

Ironically, Evra was critical of Rooney last week when the England striker cited a perceived lack of ambition at the club as his reason for wanting to leave. Rooney later performed a spectacular u-turn by signing a new five-year contract, but Evra had pointedly remarked: "If one player does not trust the other players, that player should not play."

However, with the Rooney situation now resolved, Evra's own contract renewal will come into focus. And the Frenchman appears to be adopting a similar line to that of his team-mate by insisting that players only stay at United to win trophies.
 
Evra's current deal at Old Trafford has another 18 months to run, though the club may now bring talks forward after originally planning to meet him and his advisers in the summer.

The 29-year-old Frenchman - currently suspended by Les Bleus for his part in the squad's World Cup revolt against then coach Raymond Domenech - is quoted by The Sunday Mirror as saying:

"I myself would not play for this club if I knew we were not strong enough to win the league. That is why we all play for Manchester United.

"At this moment, I think everyone just needs to focus on their own job again and we will see at the end of the season. I agree with the criticism that United have not had the winning mentality this season.

"We draw, we win and then we draw again and, of course, people will talk about this not being the same United because we are already behind Chelsea in the league.

"I know this is not normal for us, but after what has happened this week we need to make sure we win against Stoke [today] and then everything will look better.

"I only stay in Manchester to win trophies and my message is that if people think that United are finished they are making a big mistake. I say this because it is the truth and I believe it."

Referring to Rooney, Evra also remarked: "I know from experience that I could be in his situation one day and so could everyone. We are always open to him if he needs our help."

And he issued a rallying call to his colleagues, urging: "Every experienced player has to take responsibility and tell the younger ones how lucky they are to play for United. The message is to respect the shirt because it has a big history."

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