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Evra sees treble opportunity for United

ESPN staff
January 15, 2013
Patrice Evra wants the current Manchester United side to win the treble this season © PA Photos

Patrice Evra believes the current Manchester United team is capable of repeating the famous feats of 1999 and winning the treble.

Following the hard-fought home victory over Liverpool on Sunday, United are currently seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table - while they remain in contention in both the FA Cup and Champions League.

Victory in all three competitions would see the current United side emulate the historic campaign of the 1999 vintage, and Evra believes a second treble for manager Sir Alex Ferguson is not out of the question.

"Yeah, everything is possible," Evra said, when asked about winning the treble this season.

He added: "If Manchester United win the Champions League, the Premier League and the FA Cup, I'll say it's the best team I've ever played in, because I've only ever won two trophies in a season before.

"So we'll see at the end of the season.

"But I don't want to start to talk about targets. I just want to concentrate on each game, winning each game and improving as a team in each game.

"And after that, we're going to be difficult to beat."

It is the Champions League where United are likely to be most severely tested, with a two-legged tie against Real Madrid a formidable obstacle standing between the Old Trafford side and even reaching the quarter-finals of the competition.

Evra has tasted European success before, in 2008, and believes the current line-up still has some way to go to prove it is as dynamic as the side that swept all before them that season.

"That team was unbelievable," said Evra. "When I went back to France and people were asking 'What has happened to your team? You're running everywhere, you're scoring a lot of goals, you have players like Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo.'

"It was a strong team, so it's difficult to compare. If we win the Champions League and the league, we can compare the teams but in the end we have to win something.

"We've got more experience - Robin van Persie has come into the team and the younger players, such as Tom Cleverley, are getting more mature.

"We don't want what happened last year to happen again. We're focused on winning the league - because we're Manchester United."

The former Monaco full-back is confident United can deliver the title, joking that Ferguson may release the entire squad if they do not manage to convert their current advantage and wrest back the domestic crown from Manchester City.

"I remember people were saying we didn't play great football, but in the end we finished on level points with City [last season]," the Frenchman noted. "That's why I said that if we play well this season, I think we can win the title.

"It's what I said a few weeks ago - if we have this gap with five or six games left and we don't win the league, I think the gaffer is going to sack everyone.

"But it's too early to talk about that. We just have to keep winning and not think about the gap, because in football a lot can change quickly - seven points is just two wins and one draw.

"I'm really confident this year, because we've won against City, we've won against Chelsea, we've won against Arsenal, now we've beaten Liverpool twice. For our confidence, you couldn't get much better."

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