Casemiro is on his way, but Patrice Evra says Manchester United’s late spending spree is not the answer.
In landing the Real Madrid midfielder in a £60m deal, United secured their fourth signing of the summer, hugely bolstering their midfield options.
The five-time Champions League winner follows Lisandro Martinez, Christian Erikisen and Tyrell Malacia through the door, but that trio have so far failed to make a difference.
Erik ten Hag’s side lost their two opening Premier League games in horrendous fashion with defeats against Brighton and Brentford, and Evra thinks adding players now won’t make a difference.
“If you buy any players now it’s desperation and it won’t be good,” the Old Trafford legend told Betfair.
“Those things should have been done before pre-season. Don’t get me wrong, when everyone saw pre-season I can understand why Ten Hag, the staff and the board would have thought the squad looks good.
“Who are they going to bring to Manchester United and who is coming to play for United? If you have Chelsea, Liverpool, even Tottenham – a player will pick them instead of Man United.
“[Frenkie] De Jong doesn’t want to come to United, he’d prefer to go to Chelsea. There’s a lot of noise in the papers, but we’re doing the same mistakes. I’m a positive man but things don’t look good. Simple.”
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Evra, a five-time Premier League winner with United believes the club got off to the wrong start as pre-season results papered over the cracks.
The Frenchman now believes it’s time for the players to take responsibility, as well as new manager Ten Hag, who needs to address his squad’s mental fragility.
“We blame the board, the manager, and many people. But what about the players?” he questioned.
“I always have so much respect for the players but now I think it’s time for them to take some responsibility.
“I also blame Ten Hag, he’s been fooled by all those players, the same way other managers have been fooled by them.
“In pre-season they looked so good, and he would have been excited to make them even better, but no. Psychologically they are broken.
“Every time they face a difficult challenge, those players won’t overcome it. It’s been like this for years and it’s the same thing, it doesn’t even hurt anymore, it’s Deja Vu.
“The manner of the defeat against Brentford tells you that this team is traumatised.
“I’m not surprised by the result, you can see the body language. I don’t ask those players to play amazing every game, but to fight. If they don’t fight anymore it’s because those players don’t want to be there and they don’t respect the badge. Let’s be clear.
“Brentford were 4-0 up after 35 minutes. When I saw that I wasn’t surprised, and that’s the worst part. What did we expect after seeing the same midfield, the same team, what does anyone expect?”
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