Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has demanded the very best from his teammates ahead of this weekend’s trip to Chelsea.

The Red Devils sit four points behind the Blues in the Premier League table, and know already that the Stamford Bridge clash could be crucial in the race for the title.

And, whilst Roberto Di Matteo’s side have been taking the plaudits domestically this season, United have struggled to reach their peak.

Evra is confident that things will change for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side however, and expects an upward curve in performance starting in west London on Sunday.

“Now I think this is a really important time of big moments,” said the French international, according to The Daily Star.

“There are important games coming up and we need to show our best. It’s going to be a busy few weeks, with a lot of important games, and now is the time when we need to show what we can do and win every game.”

Despite the shaky start, Evra is in no doubt that Ferguson has managed to build one of the strongest squads in his 25 years at Old Trafford this season.

Alexander Buttner is providing competition to Evra in the left back position, but there is such depth in the ranks that the Scot could put out two completely different teams if he wanted too.

“The manager could pick two XIs. There is great competition for every place and you have to work hard in training and every game because you know you might be on the bench or in the stands for the next game,” he concluded.

“This is United – it’s good for everyone because you are under pressure to perform. I just want to keep playing, maintain my form and defend well.”

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