‘It has to be the Theatre of Nightmares for them’: Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra posts message to players and fans ahead of Champions League showdown with PSG
- Patrice Evra issued a rallying cry ahead of Manchester United’s clash with PSG
- United host French champions at Old Trafford in Champions League round of 16
- Evra called on fans to get behind the team and for players to step up to the plate
Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has issued a rallying cry ahead of the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
United host the French champions at Old Trafford in the round of 16, their first European match under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Evra, part of the United side who won the Champions League in 2008, called on the fans to get behind the team, and for the players to step up to the plate.
Patrice Evra issued a rallying cry ahead of Manchester Utd’s Champiosn League clash with PSG
Ex-United star Evra called on fans to get behind the team and for players to step up to the plate
In a video posted to Instagram, Evra said: ‘I’ve got a lot of respect for PSG, lot of friends there too – but we are Manchester United. So please guys, make sure we are proud of you guys, by running everywhere, give everything you’ve got.
‘I want people to eat the grass and the fans, you have a big part to play. I always say it is the Theatre of Dreams for us, and it has to be Theatre of the Nightmare for the opponent. So guys, I’m counting on you. I want the players, when they come on the pitch, to see that big writing – believe.
‘Paul [Pogba], who is going to stop you when you make your box-to-box? David De Gea, the shop is closed. Shut the door. Antonio [Valencia], I don’t care if you don’t smile, I want you to destroy people. [Marcus] Rashford, show me you are a real Mancunian.
‘Ole, thank you very much. Mick Phelan too. Forever red! This is an order from your favourite left-back. I love this game!’
Wearing a t-shirt featuring a red devil, Evra made a passionate plea to the United players
Evra name checked the likes of Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Marcus Rashford in his speech
United are looking to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014, when David Moyes’ side were beaten by Bayern Munich.
Things have changed a lot for United since the group stages of this tournament, where, struggling under Jose Mourinho, they snuck through in second place.
PSG meanwhile topped a tough group featuring Liverpool and Napoli, scoring a tournament high 17 goals in the process.
Former left back Evra was part of the United side who won the Champions League in 2008