Patrice Evra had played in a Champions League final before last Wednesday, however then was on the losing side. Jose Mourinho’s Porto beat Monaco 3-0 and it is a night that has stayed with Evra ever since.

Since lifting the trophy last week, Evra has spoken at his great joy about being a European Cup winner, although admits that Ronaldo’s penalty miss scared him.

“I can’t believe I am a champion,” said Evra. “I never stopped believing we would win this competition, but I was scared a little bit when Ronny missed his penalty. The experience with Monaco helped me a lot. I said to myself that I couldn’t lose a second final. If we had lost the match I would have asked the boss not to play me in the Champions League next year. To lose two finals would have been hard to take. I am very happy, the atmosphere in the dressing room was great and it was a big present for Sir Alex Ferguson because he deserves it for working so hard for United. It is unbelievable, but I think we deserve it. We have the squad, talent and spirit in this team.”