Patrice Evra has insisted missing out on the title this season would not spell the end of Manchester United’s ‘empire’, with the Frenchman backing the club to bounce back next season if they finish behind Manchester City.
United have squandered an eight point lead at the top of the table and suffered a 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium last week to hand the advantage in the title race to their rivals.
Both sides picked up 2-0 wins this weekend to keep them level on points going into the final game of the season, but City’s superior goal difference means they will in all likelihood win their first title since 1968 if they beat QPR on Sunday.
However Evra insists that even if United do miss out on retaining their league crown, it wouldn’t mark the beginning of the end for the Red Devils.
"I know that if we don’t win the league then a lot of people will say this is the end of the empire and ask how we will survive," Evra told United Review.
"But there’s a lot of talent at this club and we’ve had to deal with a lot. We lost players like Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes last summer.”
United were active in the summer transfer window, bringing in a host of young players including David De Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young, while Scholes returned from retirement mid-way through the season to bolster sir Alex Ferguson’s midfield options.
Evra admits that the current United squad is in transition, but the 30-year-old remains adamant that there is plenty to play for going into the last game of the season.
“It’s never easy to find a solution immediately. But it’s not over yet. I’ll say it again: we’re not dead."