Man Utd fullback Evra happy to be on scoresheet for Cup win

Manchester United fullback Patrice Evra was delighted with his goal in their Capital One Cup win over Stoke City.

Manchester United fullback Patrice Evra was delighted with his goal in their Capital One Cup win over Stoke City.

Evra's goal 12 minutes from time in the tie - unique in that it was his first for United with his less-favoured right foot - put the seal on victory against Mark Hughes' men. And the Frenchman was unsure what surprised him most: his right-footed strike or the weather.

"I've never played in conditions like that," he told MUTV. "It was really difficult and that's why we have to give a lot of credit to everyone because it's not easy when you go to a place like Stoke - it's a big battle. To win 2-0 and keep a clean sheet, we have to be really pleased with that performance.

"[The weather] was punishing. When we came out [after play stopped] we were a bit sloppy. That's why, in the second half, the manager wanted us to start much better. When the rain and hail stopped we kept playing our football. That was important, we kept playing the ball on the floor. That made the difference."

On his goal, Evra added: "Normally I only use my right foot to get onto the bus! I am happy, but I am more pleased about the clean sheet. We have three wins and three clean sheets in a row and you can see the Manchester United mentality, the winning mentality. That spirit, that's really important."

 
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