Patrice Evra has defended Manchester United’s style of play under Jose Mourinho, insisting “this is not the circus”.
The Marseille star returned to Old Trafford, where he played for eight-and-a-half years earlier in his career, for Michael Carrick’s testimonial on Sunday.
Evra, a Champions League winner with United in 2008, spoke of his continuing love for the club after the match and insisted critics should not be too negative about their current team.
Mourinho led United to the Europa League, sealing a return to the Champions League, as well as the EFL Cup in his first season as manager, but still saw his side’s style questioned as they slumped to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.
“This year they qualified for the Champions League and some people said they did not play good football, but we are not in the circus,” Evra said to MUTV.
“They have been criticised a lot. A lot of people are jealous about Man United so they just keep criticising, even when they win.
“If you want to enjoy football then, yes 2008 was great and different, but people have to forget that and concentrate on this current Manchester United team. That would be my message to the United fans