Energy trumps experience – Evra

After posting the best ever start at this stage of a Premier League
season thanks to their 5-0 battering of Bolton on Saturday, United
are ready to tackle the biggest test yet of their title
credentials. Although all the talk so far this season has been
about Manchester’s two contenders – who have yet to drop a point
between them – Chelsea are only two points adrift, having drawn
their opening game at Stoke. However, whilst Evra respects the
Blues, he certainly does not fear them, especially knowing how much
talent has been injected into the Old Trafford outfit by the clutch
of youngsters Sir Alex Ferguson has introduced this season. “Maybe
Chelsea have more experience but United have more energy,” said the
France defender. “Energy in football is really important. That is
why I am really happy the young players play for us. “They deserve
it. They are training hard and the boss has never been afraid to
let them play. “Sunday will be a big game for us. We have to make
sure we win.” United will be without one of their youngsters,
although the news about midfielder Tom Cleverley is not as bad as
Sir Alex Ferguson initially feared following the early tackle by
Kevin Davies on Saturday. Ferguson initially thought Cleverley had
broken his foot, which would have meant a three-month stint on the
sidelines. Instead, the 22-year-old has only sustained ligament
damage. The injury will be enough to keep Cleverley out for a
month, a period which includes England’s Euro 2012 qualifier in
Montenegro. However, the Basingstoke-born youngster should be fit
by mid-November for the friendly debut Fabio Capello intends to
offer, providing England avoid a play-off to reach Poland and
Ukraine. Cleverley will also miss United’s opening two Champions
League games, starting with Wednesday’s trip to Benfica, which
could be Phil Jones’ debut in the competition. “The main reason I
came to Manchester United was to test my abilities against the best
players in the world,” said the defender, who produced an
outstanding performance at full-back on Saturday. “The Champions
League is a great competition for me to do that. “Hopefully if I
get selected I will prove that I am up to the task.”