Patrice Evra just hasn’t seemed the same player in 2009. Before then, he was one of our best performers, but over the past few months there seems to be something missing from his game.

His worst performances of the season have come against Aaron Lennon, with the small winger getting the best of him in the League Cup final and yesterday’s victory over Spurs. I can’t recall too many occasions when Evra won the ball, with him preferring to stand side-ways on to Lennon, retreating backwards as Lennon advanced, before watching him cross in the box. Bizarre.

Anyway, Evra has today claimed he was not impressed when the manager rested him against Sunderland, saying he doesn’t want to reflect on a lot of missed matches when he retires.

“The boss gave me a rest at Sunderland recently and I was angry because I want to play in every match for United,” Evra said. “When I retire, maybe I’ll look back at the games I missed. I don’t play in all our matches but usually at the back it’s me, Edwin Van der Sar, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic who play when we are fit.”

Evra is also a bit jealous of the attention our forwards get, wanting more recognition for the work of the defence.

“Everyone speaks about the strikers at United,” he added. “But we also need a good defence and the clean sheet we got in Porto in the last round of the Champions League was very important. When we lost to Liverpool it was a difficult moment for the team and after that, sometimes you don’t have to play beautiful football to win. Sometimes you have to fight.”