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Evra: I Don’t Give A Damn About Arsenal

Patrice EvraThe draw for the quarter finals of the European Cup are due to be held tomorrow, with United progressing past the Round of 16 thanks to the win against Lyon last week.

Whilst most reds may have a team they are hoping to be drawn against, either for the location of the away day or what they perceive to be the most “beatable” team, Patrice Evra has today said he is not bothered who we’re drawn to play. He nonchalantly dismissed any possible nerves about playing Arsenal in the next round, saying they are not a team he is scared of.

“Why not get Arsenal? I don’t give a damn,” said Evra. “I have played every year against Arsenal. We drew 2-2 on their ground and we can’t wait to play them again next month. We beat them 4-0 in the FA Cup, too. You have to say they struck a big blow in knocking out the holders, but, basically, Arsenal don’t scare me. The only team I am looking at for the next round of the Champions League are Manchester United. It would be a mistake to say we’d rather have Fenerbahce than Barcelona, say. That’s when you get hit.”

Patrice Evra reflected on his time with Monaco when his side made it to the European Cup final, before being beaten by Jose Mourinho’s Porto. “Look at Real Madrid when they played us at Monaco in the quarter-finals in 2004,” he said. “They were so confident they booked their hotel for the semi-final – but they hadn’t reckoned on us. You have to stay concentrated.”

Do you think United can take on any team in the next round?

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  1. Jimmy Kirk Dougas says:

    i believe MU will be beaten by whoever thry meet. Teams which can go to the qf must be respected. Evra will eat hi hiw words.

  2. Ronnie says:

    Hi guys. I think we are well short up top at the moment. Rooney is off form (The amount of one on one chances he has missed is a disgrace!) Tevez is tied (The last few weeks show how tied he is) Saha is rubbish (The most injury prone player this season) I will never understand why Fergie didn’t buy a striker before the start of the season, or in the Jan transfer window! What a joke. There’s a big burden on Ronaldo to score, which is a joke. I could see Chelsea winning the CL, great strikers( Anelka and Drogba are both on from) I think the United challenge depends on keeping the back four fit, unlike last year! I would rather have Fenerbache, Schalke or Roma. In the ideal world we will be drawn against Fenerbache in the QF followed by, either Roma or Schalke in the SF, what a result that would be! To be frank I can see us getting knocked out by any other team. We can win every game but it really depends on how our strikers perform! Rooney and Tevez need to firing on all cylinders, and Saha needs to be fit and ready as an alternative!

  3. JJ says:

    Who’s playing goal for us this weekend? is Edwin injured? The Pole suspended? Does that leave Ben Foster? Isn’t he injured too? Help!!!

  4. ben says:

    JJ: John O’Shea in goal maybe? It is the last step to being the ultimate utility player, and he did do a reasonable job against spurs last year. Anyway, does anyone really expect Derby to have many shots???

  5. PG says:

    Scott, I think the headline is provocative – what the boy is actually saying is that when you fear the draw, you are already developing a loser mentality. I appreciate his attitude – a real fighter.

  6. JJ says:

    haha. true. seriously though who’s going to be in goal?? is edwin badly injured.

  7. Jak says:

    I like Evra’s attitude, and I hope it spreads to the rest of the team.

    JJ, you should visit the forum (link on the right of this page) for discussions about the GK situation. Lots of good people there!

  8. ELiam says:

    To be honest bring on Barca. They are utter rubbish defensively and as long as our back four plays well over the two legs we will, without a shadow of doubt, triumph.

  9. John says:

    big john is in goal against derby. sure they are so bad he wont even get his kit dirty!

  10. Tom F says:

    Well it’s safe to say Liverpool and Chelsea will get to pick from Shalke and Fenerbache, as that’s the way football is.

    United and Arsenal will get tough games. If we do get Arsenal we will be playing them 3 times in a fortnight I think!

    I hope somebody knocks the italians out and if United don’t win I’d like to see Arsenal win as Liverpool canot take another step further away from us with another Euro Cup, Chelsea don’t deserve it and Arsenal being the only ‘English’ team left at least play football.

    Though to be honest: ARSENAL? IDON’T GIVE A DAMN!


  11. PG says:

    Yeah I think we are tempting fate with this one. If we get to play you guys instead of any other team, I really believe that the winner will take the Champions League. I wasnt too impressed with Pool against Inter and Chelsea have been lucky in drawing some of the weaker teams.

  12. PG says:

    Just saw the draws. See you guys in the Final.

  13. Tom F says:

    I will be very happy to see Arsenal / United in the final. It means 2 English teams are in the final, the 2 best teams. It also means Chelsea didn’t win Abromovich what he has poured money into CFC for AGAIN and also that Scousers are out. Also, A longer fixture list for Arsenal and a great end to the season.


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