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06/02/2012 15:56, Report by Adam Marshall
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Evra fears injury curse

Patrice Evra feels United have been cursed with injuries this season but is proud that the champions are still fighting to retain the title.

The marvellous comeback at Chelsea leaves the Reds two points adrift of Manchester City at the top of the Barclays Premier League with difficult matches against Liverpool, Norwich and Tottenham next up on the domestic calendar.

Chris Smalling joined the extensive list of stars sidelined with an injury picked up in training meaning Sir Alex was without a number of first-team options at Stamford Bridge including the likes of Anders Lindegaard, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Owen, Nani, Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Phil Jones.

"I don’t know what is happening, I think someone is doing some voodoo on us!" Evra joked to MUTV. "It’s amazing how many injuries we’ve had. I see many teams complaining about the injuries they have but, for us, it has been amazing.

"To lose a player like Nemanja Vidic for the season yet we’ve coped with that. I think to get so close to Manchester City, given the injuries we have had, shows we have really good spirit in the team. That’s the most important thing and that’s the culture of the club. No matter what happens, we don’t like to have excuses. I just say ‘well done’ to every player but the job is not finished. The most important part is still to come.”

The skipper is well aware of the task facing United as the season reaches a critical phase but confidence in the camp remains high.

"There’s still a long time to go," he reasoned. "I always say the league is a marathon not a sprint.

"After Chelsea, we have Liverpool and then the Europa League against Ajax. I think that’s why we play for Man United because we want to play in those type of games. We have to make sure we show that

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