Evra wants Ron to lose the plot against old pals

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By GRA­HAM CHASE

PA­TRICE EVRA wants his Man United team-mates to have a love-in with Cris­tiano Ron­aldo – then beat him up in the Bern­abeu.

Su­per­star Ron­aldo lines up against his old club for the first since his in­cred­i­ble £80mil­lion switch to Spain in 2009.

And Phil Jones is set to help out Rafael in shack­ling the United le­gend in the Span­ish cap­i­tal.

Reds boss Sir Alex Fer­gu­son reck­ons Real got a bargain when they shelled out for Ron­aldo, who has smashed in 182 goals in 179 ap­pear­ances.

But skip­per Evra is sure that United can keep the striker quiet – and wants to “kill him with love” be­fore kick-off!

He said: “It will be emo­tional for Ronny be­cause he loves United. I hope the emo­tion will get to him – that will be per­fect for us.

“We don’t have to wind him up be­fore this game be­cause when he’s an­gry he’s at his best.

“So let’s just be nice. We can say, ‘Wel­come home Ronny!’. We want to kill him with love!”

Evra added: “We have played against Ronny many times in train­ing and me and Rafa know what he can do.

“He is a top player. For me he’s the best player in the world.

“He will be a tough op­po­nent but we have to make sure we are friends off the pitch, and en­e­mies on it.” Evra reck­ons that stuff­ing Madrid also would put United firmly back on the Euro­pean map.

When the draw for the last 16 pulled the Old Traf­ford out­fit out against Jose Mour­inho’s Galac­ti­cos, Fer­gu­son ad­mit­ted it was the tie ev­ery­one wanted to watch.

And af­ter fail­ing to get out of the group phase last sea­son, the wily old Scot knows this can re­state the Reds’ Cham­pi­ons League pedi­gree.

United reached the fi­nal in three out of four years up to their hid­ing against Barcelona in 2011 – beat­ing Chelsea on penal­ties in Moscow in 2008.

Fergie’s side are al­ready romp­ing their way to a 20th Pre­mier League ti­tle as they head into their Bern­abeu bash-up 12 points clear of Man City.

Evra said: “It could lift ev­ery­one. If we can beat Madrid then the re­sponse it pro­vides for other teams is im­por­tant.

“Don’t for­get, last year we were knocked out in the first stage of the Cham­pi­ons League and maybe peo­ple have that im­age of Manch­ester United in Europe. We have to change that.

“That’s why I think this is the per­fect year to show who we really are.

“We can’t miss this op­por­tu­nity to show our­selves – it would be a huge dis­ap­point­ment.”

Col­li­sion

United were put through their paces on their Car­ring­ton train­ing ground yes­ter­day be­fore fly­ing out for their Euro­pean tie.

Fergie re­vealed that he has stopped do­ing pre-match train­ing in the op­po­si­tion’s sta­dium be­cause they can’t get his drills done.

The pres­sure has been build­ing for this col­li­sion of Euro­pean giants for two months.

But Evra is adamant United won’t feel nerves.

He said: “Peo­ple think it brings great pres­sure but ev­ery­one dreams of play­ing in games like this.”

SILVA LIN­INGS PLAYBOOK: Brazil­ian Rafael is one of the men Fergie will hope can shackle old boy Ron­aldo

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.