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Evra: United can emulate Chelsea and beat Bayern

ESPN staff
April 7, 2014
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Patrice Evra insists Manchester United can take a leaf out of Chelsea's book and beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League as they look to salvage a wretched season.

United drew 1-1 with Bayern in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at Old Trafford, with David Moyes' side putting on their best displays of the season in Europe after struggling on every other front.

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Evra now believes David Moyes's side can emulate Chelsea's unlikely European success of two years ago, when they finished sixth in the Premier League but beat favourites Bayern at the Allianz Arena to win the competition on penalties.

"All season has reminded me of the Chelsea season," Evra said. "I'm not saying we are going to do the same but you have to be positive, so why not?

"In the Champions League we've played good, we're confident and it looks like we're all up for it, more than in the League and the English cups.

"I know it's not professional to say that but it's the truth. We look more on it, we look more like we have the United spirit, when we play in the Champions League."

"It's unusual to say we can save our season in one game but you always believe when you play for United."

United moved up to sixth in the table following a 4-0 victory at Newcastle on Saturday, but the upturn in their domestic form is not enough for Evra to claim they have turned the corner.

"It is not because you win 4-0 against Newcastle that we start to believe we can win against Bayern," he said. "Before the first leg everyone was expecting us to lose 5-0 or something like that but in the end we drew.

"We must make sure we pull off a shock because Bayern are favourites for this game. It is not often since I have played for Manchester United that we are not the favourites, but sometimes you have to accept they are favourites and let's surprise everyone."

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