Evra: United were too nice

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Patrice Evra feels Manchester United got exactly what they deserved at Arsenal on Sunday - nothing.

Whilst Sir Alex Ferguson was bemoaning the failure of referee Chris Foy to award a penalty for Gael Clichy's late foul on Michael Owen, at the same time dismissing a blatant handball by Nemanja Vidic that could easily have led to the United skipper being sent off, Evra feels the blame lies rather closer to home.

"We didn't play to the Manchester United way and when we don't play to the Manchester United way we don't deserve anything," said the France defender. "Maybe against Arsenal we think it is going to be easy but we didn't make the game easy."

He added: "People think when we played against Schalke the game was easy. We made the game easy because we were ready for the battle and ready for the challenge. The game was easy because we played with more aggression and with power."

In a run of six wins in seven meetings with the Gunners leading up to Sunday's clash, United had made a habit of hitting their opponents with rapid counter-attacks, believing Arsenal were unable to penetrate their own defences, no matter how much of the ball they had.

Evra still feels that now. Arsenal's goal came as United were readjusting following the substitution of Anderson and Park Ji-Sung's momentary lapse of concentration freed Aaron Ramsey to slot home Robin van Persie's cut-back.

Of far more concern was that United forgot the attacking aspect of their game plan, until it was far too late.

"We were too nice," said Evra. "We know Arsenal. They keep possession of the ball but they are never dangerous. But normally when we come to the Emirates, we play with more power and aggression and create more chances.

"You have to kill that game early, not wait until you concede a goal.

"The attitude at the beginning of the game wasn't right. That is why I was very frustrated. We didn't deserve to win."

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