Evra: It’s good to talk

The Frenchman has just celebrated five years with the Old Trafford
outfit. It has proved to be one of the most productive spells in
the club’s history, gleaning three Premier League titles, a couple
of Champions League final appearances, plus an assortment of
additional trophies, all of which Evra has played a major part in.
And, despite boasting the dazzling attacking talents of Cristiano
Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov at various stages of
that amazing half decade, none of the silverware could have been
collected without a solid defence. The high point was undoubtedly
the 14-game run without conceding a league goal during the 2008-09
campaign. However, even now, United’s defences are strong, one of
the major reasons why they remain unbeaten heading into Sunday’s
showdown with fellow title challengers Tottenham at White Hart
Lane. And, according to Evra, the secret is the art of
communication. “We talk a lot,” Evra told MUTV. “I like that.
“Nemanja Vidic will always tell me whether I am doing the right
things or not. It is what I want him to do. He must keep me alive.
“There are times when I have to help him as well, if the striker is
on his back for instance. “But Vida is always explaining, before
games and training. He tells me how my opponents play. It is so
important.” Evra will hope the noise levels are pretty high this
weekend. United have an exceptional record at Tottenham. Not since
2001 have Sir Alex Ferguson’s men tasted defeat at the north London
venue, the nine subsequent visits yielding seven victories and a
couple of draws. With matches in hand on all their rivals, should
United extend that record they will really assume strong
favouritism for this season’s title. Rarely though, have Tottenham
been in such buoyant form, so Sir Alex Ferguson will need to ensure
he gets his team selection correct. After leaving Vidic out of the
FA Cup win over Liverpool last week, the United captain is certain
to return. Recovery from respective ankle and groin injuries is
required before Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes can take their
places, whilst it is hoped Edwin van der Sar is available again
after missing three games due to a virus.