PATRICE EVRA says Manchester United must win silverware this season to justify claims by Alex Ferguson that his squad can match the club's Champions League and Premier League winners of 2008.
With United still in with a chance of repeating the Treble success of 1999 ahead of Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay at home to West Ham, Ferguson has suggested that his players are capable of emulating the feats of their successful predecessors.
But having played alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez during United's European and domestic double five years ago, Evra believes that the class of 2013 have still to prove themselves and justify Ferguson's claims.
"I'll go with what the boss says because he's the boss," he said. "If Manchester United win the Champions League, the league and the FA Cup, I'll say it's the best team I've ever played in because I've only ever won two trophies in a season before.
"But I think in 2008, that team was unbelievable. When I went back to France, people were asking what has happened to your team -- you're running everywhere, you're scoring a lot of goals, you have players like Tevez and Ronaldo. It was a strong team, so it's difficult to compare. If we win the Champions League and league we can compare the teams, but in the end, we have to win something."
Having allowed an eight-point lead over Manchester City to slip in the final six games of last season, Evra has warned against viewing United's current seven-point lead as decisive.
"It's too early to talk about that," Evra said. "We just have to keep winning and not think about the gap because in football a lot can change quickly. Seven points is just two wins and one draw."