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.”