Manchester United defender Patrice Evra reckons he was right to write off Arsenal’s Premier League title chances prior to the sides’ meeting at Old Trafford earlier in the week.
The Frenchman angered Arsene Wenger and Gunners fans for claiming Arsenal were not a title threat and they are not likely to win the coveted crown this season.
Evra played at Old Trafford as United won the game 1-0 on Monday night to send them top of the Premier League and two points clear of Arsenal and Manchester City behind them.
United cannot rest on their laurels though as they face defending Premier League title holders Chelsea in their next game. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have struggled in recent weeks but are sure to pose a real threat at Stamford Bridge to a United side that are still unbeaten in the league.
Evra told The Sun that United “always show up” for the important games, while their rivals can sometimes go missing, anyone looking to bet on Premier League games may want to remember this. He remains convinced he was correct in his criticism of Arsenal and he still does not class them as genuine title contenders.
“I think we confirmed what I’d said before the match. I think Arsenal played really well, you shouldn’t neglect that, but we were better,” he said.
“I just wanted to show how much I believe in my team, in their potential and strength.”
United face a busy Christmas and new year period that could be crucial to their Premier League title hopes. After facing Chelsea they then have games against Sunderland, Birmingham, West Brom and Stoke before January 4th and the Premier League tips indicate they should really push on.
If the side keep up their unbeaten run and their title rivals continue to drop points they could sit in a really healthy position in the first week of 2011.