Evra inspired by France come-back

Patrice Evra will draw on the experience of France's World Cup comeback against Ukraine as he attempts to guide United through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Patrice Evra of Manchester United celebrates

United need to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit on Wednesday when they host Olympiacos at Old Trafford.

The history books show only five teams have managed to achieve such a feat in the Champions League while United have only overturned a first-leg deficit in the competition on one occasion.

Evra is no stranger to upsetting the odds though. When France lost the first leg of their World Cup play-off against Ukraine 2-0, a comeback seemed so improbable that Frenchwoman Doris Tillier promised to present a weather forecast in the nude if Les Bleus made it to Brazil.

Tillier was made to fulfil her part of the bet as France won the second leg 3-0 and Evra is hoping for another shock result at Old Trafford.

"Of course what we did (with France) can be an inspiration," Evra said.

"It was a difficult day after the first leg, we didn't expect to lose 2-0 in Ukraine but after two days the storm passed and everyone was focused on the same goal.

"We stood together, we didn't listen to the criticism and we played for the people who love us, our families, our fans and we gave everything.

"I am confident we can do it. I have been in that situation, I can handle the pressure, I think the team will. We have to show that tomorrow night."

Evra has won one Champions League and five Premier Leagues since joining United eight years ago so he is not used to losing.

The 32-year-old admits this campaign has been a massive disappointment.

"Even a three-year old fan has been hurting by all the poor performances," he said.

"It has been a difficult season for everyone. We are not used to losing games but everyone wants to fight for this club, everyone loves this club. We know we had a bad game in the first leg."

Wednesday's game may be the last time Evra turns out for United in the Champions League.

The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and he is yet to publicly declare where his future lies.

The former Monaco man would not break his silence on the matter at the pre-match press conference prior to Wednesday's game.

"It is not a good day to talk about my future," he said.

"The most important future is Manchester United's, and not mine."

"I will give everything, no matter if I stay or I will leave."



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