Last year’s Champions League semi-final was one of my favourite experiences at Old Trafford. I’ve seen my fair share of quality games on well-supported occasions, but there was something very special about the Barcelona game. We knew how close we were to reaching the European Cup final, in the year that marked the 50th anniversary of the Busby Babes’ plane crash and the 40th anniversary of us first winning the competition, and we wanted it so desperately.
Tonight we are encouraged to bring our flags, scarves and loudest voices again to our second leg match against Inter Milan, with hopefully the same result being achieved. Patrice Evra reckons the experience of dealing with the second game against Barcelona last season, following a 0-0 in the away leg, will help us get through tonight.
“The experience we gained against Barca was very important,” said Evra. “It was a massive game for us against a great team and it’s a similar situation again. Of course, every game is different but if we produce the same concentration and show the same spirit against Inter I think we’ll be okay, especially as we’re at home. The first match is in the past now, we are only focused on Wednesday night’s game. And we need to win it.”