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.