FOOTBALL NEWS

25/03/2009 16:46, Report by Adam Bostock

Reds desperate to recover

Darren Fletcher and Patrice Evra will give their all on international duty this weekend, while yearning for a return to winning ways with United.

The midfielder and defender gave their first reaction to the Reds' successive defeats at separate press conferences for the Scottish and French national teams respectively.

Darren described the 4-1 loss to Liverpool and 2-0 defeat at Fulham as a "blip" while Patrice used the word "accident." Both players acknowledge the need to act, rather than talk, when the next league game against Aston Villa comes around on Sunday 5 April.

"I think it's easy talking about it, it's hard to go and do it," said Fletcher.

"When we get back (from the internationals), we'll all be desperate to go out on the pitch and prove it is only a blip."

Evra told the French media, "I have been at United for three years now and this is the first time I have lost two straight matches. I am sure it is just a little accident.

"But for now, I have to forget about the club. I will think about the club again after (France's) two matches against Lithuania."

France are away on Saturday before hosting the return next Wednesday. If Evra and co win both, they'll leapfrog Lithuania into second place in their World Cup qualifying group.

Fletcher's fixtures with Scotland are similarly important - they travel to Group 9 leaders Holland on Saturday and face the team just below them, Iceland, at home next Wednesday.

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