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We've got spirit back, says Evra

ESPN staff
March 20, 2014
Can English pride be restored?

Patrice Evra insists Manchester United have regained their match-winning spirit after Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League victory against Olympiakos.

David Moyes's side overcame a 2-0 deficit to go through to the quarter-finals on aggregate with a performance that was far more impressive than their limp display against Liverpool in the Premier League last Sunday.

"It's a tough competition but I think we showed Manchester United is still alive, even though we lost a few days ago against Liverpool," Evra told MUTV.

"We have fought back. Now, let's see. We'll take any team. When we play with that spirit we can do something big."

Evra said the players wanted to show their pride in playing for Manchester United. "It was really important to show the love for this shirt, the respect for this shirt," he said.

"That's why I think we won - the spirit. Maybe some people will say I'm too old-school but I know when you have the Manchester United spirit you can make a difference and nothing is impossible.

"When I went home on Sunday I was so sad, so hurt inside. I couldn't wait for the [Olympiakos] game to give something back.

"We've had a tough season and the supporters have been fantastic. I say thank you to all the Manchester United fans. For me, they are the best in the world."

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