Manchester United defender Jonny Evans believes that Manchester United players are lacking in confidence following a rather difficult start to the Barclays Premier League campaign.
United currently sit in 9th place in the League table and are now thirteen points behind Premier League table toppers Arsenal, after United’s defeat on Saturday lunchtime, after Newcastle United went to Old Trafford and won 1-0.
But Evans believes that his side’s recent form comes from a real lack of confidence within the squad, and the fact that big name players are not performing to the best of their abilities, with Robin Van Persie unhappy and out of form, and midfielder Michael Carrick still not fit after a recent long term injury lay off, leaving the reigning Champions down to the bare bones.
“The lads have lost a bit of confidence. You can tell that with the possession and creativity,” said Evans.
“Players maybe are not playing how they naturally would. That happens when your confidence drops.”
The Old Trafford club have struggled in the top flight this season under David Moyes, as the former Everton manager took over in the summer following the retirement of l Sir Alex Ferguson in May.
Moyes has faced critisism in recent weeks for his team selections, style of play and results, as United have already lost five games this season, with home defeats and lacklustre performances, and with two defeats in the space of a week against Everton and Newcastle United respectively, Moyes is feeling the pressure.
Evans stated in an interview following Saturday’s home defeat.
“Usually whenever we’re chasing a goal at Old Trafford, especially at the Stretford End, we put teams under an enormous amount of pressure,”
“But with the lack of confidence and creativity we didn’t produce that. It is hard to put your finger on it.
“We lacked a bit of sharpness in our passing and were sloppy in possession which allowed Newcastle to get control.”
United only lost five league games in total on the way to winning last season’s title and, despite the side’s struggles during the current campaign, Evans has refused to rule out winning the Premier League crown.
“It’s difficult [to win the league] in any season,” he said. “The fact we’ve lost five games already makes it harder.
“But we won’t give up “The most important thing is when we put the Manchester United shirt on and go out at Old Trafford or away from home, we make sure we give everything.e up. We are professionals. We want to keep going until the end.
United have already lost key games this season, including an awful 4-1 defeat in the Manchester derby back in September. The Red devils face Shaktar Donesk in the Champions League, before heading to Villa Park next Sunday.
By Ben Reardon