Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is determined to erase the memories of the Red Devils’ comprehensive 3-0 loss to Newcastle United last season.
Sir Alex Ferguson took his side to St James’ Park last season needing a win to maintain their title challenge, but were handed a crashing defeat by Alan Pardew’s rampant Toon side.
The Old Trafford side came close to snatching the title in the end but Evra admitted the memories of the defeat last season are still painful and he is desperate to alleviate this pain with a victory this coming Sunday.
Like that game in January, the Red Devils travel to Newcastle having lost 3-2 at Old Trafford in their previous Premier League fixture – Spurs this time, Blackburn last – and Evra says that makes it even more important, so a win in the Champions League on Tuesday was an important boost.
“The result against Cluj is a confidence booster ahead of Sunday. Last season up there was a disaster,” he said in the Manchester Evening News.
“We played very badly. This year is going to be very important because we have already lost against Tottenham and we have to react. We have to have a big reaction against Newcastle.”
The 31-year-old left-back revealed how United players held a clear the air meeting following that loss and he was hoping there is no repeat.
“We had a meeting after that game at Newcastle last season and we talked with each other because it was not the way we respect the shirt of United. After that I remember we just kept winning games,” he added.
“We don’t want another wake up call at Newcastle again. We know what happened last year. We know the experience up there and we have to be ready from the first minute of the game.”