Manchester United defender Patrice Evra insists he is ready to face Wigan Athletic on Tuesday and play a fourth match in just 10 days, saying “I will rest when I retire.”
The 31-year-old Frenchman was a Man of the Match contender during Saturday’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion and showed little sign of fatigue, despite starting the Reds’ earlier Christmas fixtures against Swansea City away and Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
Now, having made it through the rain-sodden conditions that hampered the weekend win over the Baggies, Evra is targeting another Yuletide run-out at the DW Stadium as Sir Alex Ferguson's men hope to maintain and possibly extend a seven-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
“I always say to myself that I am lucky to play a lot of games and until I can’t run, I will ask the boss to play,” Patrice told MUTV. “If he thinks I need to rest then I will have a rest but I just want to keep going and I will rest when I retire - that’s the name of my game.
“Wigan is an important game, I remember we lost 1-0 last season but didn’t show anything. It was a really bad performance and that’s why we don’t have an excuse this time.
“We know what to expect, we just need to go there and play the Man United way to make sure we get the three points because they are really important.”
Saturday’s triumph over West Brom was one of complete contrast to the preceding victory over Newcastle, replacing the drama and excitement provided by that Boxing Day classic with a more routine and defensively sound performance.
Although it was a less entertaining affair, Evra believes there are many positives to be taken from the victory over the Baggies, most notably the fact that United kept a clean sheet for just the fourth time in the league this season on a boggy Old Trafford pitch.
“I think it was an unbelievable game against Newcastle but West Brom was more about not conceding a goal,