Evra to lead by example

French ace 'proud' to lead Red Devils

Patrice Evra: Proud to captain Manchester United

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France international defender Patrice Evra is looking to lead by example after being made Manchester United captain.

The Red Devils are without Nemanja Vidic for the remainder of the season with a knee injury while neither Ryan Giggs nor Rio Ferdinand are considered fit enough to guarantee their place in Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line-up.

Evra has already captained United to one major honour, the 2010 Carling Cup

final when the Red Devils came from behind to beat Aston Villa.

The 30-year-old knows what a privilege it is to be handed the armband, although he accepts the role also comes with great responsibility.

Proud

"Of course I am proud," he commented on being given the job.

"It is a privilege to be the captain of this team. But it is a big responsibility.

"You have to show the example on the pitch and sometimes out of it as well."

United closed the gap on title rivals Manchester City on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Bolton at Old Trafford.

Focus

City could regain their advantage with victory against Wigan on Monday, but Evra insists everyone at United is simply focussing on their own results and performances.

"We have to stop talking about their games all the time and keep talking about Manchester United," he continued.

"The most important thing is that we won against Bolton.

"It doesn't matter if City win, lose or draw. After getting one match out of the way, we just have to rest and be focussed on Arsenal next Sunday.

"For us it is about United. We have to be focused on what we do and how we play and I think we are going to win the league."