Patrice Evra confessed that seeing rivals eyeing up a struggling Manchester United during their downfall is “killing” him.
Evra enjoyed a memorable eight-year spell during his own days as United player, which saw him collect five Premier League titles, three EFL Cups and a Champions League among the 15 honours he won.
Now the Frenchman, who hung up his boots in July, has returned to Old Trafford to start work on earning his coaching badges.
Although things have drastically since Evra’s exit in 2014, with United clearly no longer the heavyweights they once were.
“We played [last week] against Leicester and many people said it was going to be a tough game because they’re in form but it’s what I’m talking about,” Evra told the club’s website.
“Where is the respect for Manchester United? I want people to fear us again and people have to go out and play better and win the games.
“I know it’s not easy going to West Ham, it’s a tough place, but we have to make sure, when the players step on the pitch, we are united.”
Evra added: “I want that arrogance to come back, you know. Even if it’s not easy, people have to understand we are Manchester United. So I’m upset when I hear people talking about United as if we are nothing. It’s killing me.
“We need to win, no matter. Actually, I want to win games until everyone is ready as we’ve got a lot of injuries but we need to win games, no matter what.
“I know some people complained we didn’t play great against Leicester but we got the three points. It’s what we have to do. Going on that pitch, we have to get three points. Trust me, when the full squad is back, we’re going to have some better days for us.”
United will take on Evra’s last club West Ham United on Sunday for their next Premier League match.