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Evra pulls no punches

Patrice Evra offered an honest appraisal of Manchester United's season following the defeat to Sunderland, a seventh home loss of the Barclays Premier League campaign.

The Reds look likely to miss out on European football altogether, despite Tottenham's 2-0 reverse at West Ham, and the left-back appreciates it has been an upsetting time for everybody at the club.

"This year has been a season to forget really quickly," he conceded. "It's been so painful - it's not just about this game. Sunderland were fighting for their lives and deserved to win. It's about lots of games.

"We have been really poor and deserved all the criticism because we didn't play well enough and lost some stupid games. That is why we are in this position. I really think it's an accident because I know Manchester United will never die and also Manchester will come back next year.

"Everyone failed and that is the point. My mentality, you know, is never to give up but it's been really bad and we have to take responsibility - each player. The senior players and the younger players. That is it."

Evra was asked if he could pinpoint one reason why things have been so difficult in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

"Confidence," he replied. "There has been a lack of confidence. Manchester United are not used to losing so many games in one year. It's a new experience for every player in that team. We always play for

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