United Frenchman fearful of “bad habits” ahead of Magpies clash

Manchester United defender Patrice EvraPatrice Evra has spoken out about Manchester United’s bad defensive habits in the build-up to their away fixture at St. James Park this Sunday.

The same fixture last season left the Red Devils victim to a 3-0 hammering by Newcastle, but the French left-back is determined to not let history repeat itself.

United are currently third in the Premier League, four points adrift of first place Chelsea. Last weekend saw Spurs break their 23 year curse without a win at Old Trafford, and question marks have loomed over the United defence who have conceding first in six of their nine opening games.

The Frenchman said: “Having to keep trying to come from behind is not a worry but it is a bad habit I would say.”

Turning his attention to the Newcastle game, Evra continued, “Last season up there was a disaster, we played very badly.

“This year is going to be very important because we have already lost against Tottenham and we have to react.”

Alex Ferguson will be determined to improve his squad’s defensive efforts to fulfill United’s Premier League title ambitions this season.