Jonny Evans has known the atmosphere at Manchester United’s training ground to be worse than it was at start of this week.
United emerged from a difficult few days by claiming a much-needed victory against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Whilst booking a Capital One Cup fourth-round encounter with Norwich is not expected to be high on the list of David Moyes’ achievements in his debut campaign as Red Devils chief, at the present time, Javier Hernandez’s solitary goal was significant.
For without it, Moyes would have been facing yet more questions over his suitability for the onerous task of replacing the man whose name adorns the stand his dug-out faces and whose image is cast in a statue outside the ground.
Yet even in the eye of the storm that raged following Sunday’s 4-1 hammering at Manchester City, Moyes still kept doing the right things.
He fronted up to the media on Tuesday, when it would have been far easier to send someone else to speak on his behalf.
And he managed to stop a cloud of gloom descending on what is officially known as the Aon Training Complex, but fans and players continue to refer as Carrington.
“I have been on the training ground where the atmosphere has been worse than it was when we came in the day after the game,” said Evans.
“We had no complaints at the weekend.
“Everyone was honest in their assessment that we didn’t apply ourselves the way we should have.
“It is hard for the fans, the players and the manager as well. We just had to move on from it quickly.”
Moyes may have reservations about individuals within the squad he has inherited.
Nevertheless, he might also remind himself that someone like Evans has won as many Premier League titles as Frank Lampard and John Terry and can be trusted to get the job done, particularly against lesser teams, rather than being completely inactive, as has been the case with the Northern Ireland star.
“When you have Sturridge and Suarez up front you are never going to have an easy evening,” Evans added.
“But we defended every set piece well and were blocking shots.”