Evra warns against United complacency

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Ever the perfectionist is Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra, who admits he was left unhappy with the manner of his side's performance - despite emerging victorious from Sunday's Chelsea showdown.

The 30-year-old Frenchman has warned his teammates they must play better than they did at Old Trafford if they are serious about retaining the Barclays Premier League title, and says the 3-1 win over the Blues leaves plenty of room for improvement.

"Maybe I am being hard on myself but it is the first time we didn't control the game," said Evra. "We have five wins. Yes, it is a good start but I always want more. I hope we control the next game against Stoke."

Goals from Chris Smalling, Nani and Wayne Rooney maintained the Red Devils' perfect start to the 2011-12 campaign, leaving them clear at the top of the table with 15 points from five matches.


But despite their impressive return, Evra insists Andre Villas-Boas' side highlighted a number of areas for Sir Alex Ferguson to be cautious about, and urged players to heed their initial warning.

"We shouldn't rush things. That is why we gave the ball away too easily [against Chelsea]," he continued. "That is why I am not so happy.

"We won a big game. We have scored three times against Chelsea. There are a lot of positive things.

"But when they scored the early goal in the second half I thought 'we have to be strong to make sure Chelsea don't get back and maybe even win 4-3'. If we want to win the league we will have to perform better than this."

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