France comeback inspiring Evra
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Patrice Evra will draw on the experience of France's FIFA World Cup™-qualifying comeback against Ukraine as he attempts to guide Manchester United through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

United need to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit when they host Olympiacos at Old Trafford. The history books show only five teams have managed to achieve such a feat in the Champions League while United have only overturned a first-leg deficit in the competition on one occasion.

Now Evra is hoping for another shock result at Old Trafford. "Of course what we did (with France) can be an inspiration," Evra said. "It was a difficult day after the first leg, we didn't expect to lose 2-0 in Ukraine but after two days the storm passed and everyone was focused on the same goal.

"We stood together, we didn't listen to the criticism and we played for the people who love us, our families, our fans and we gave everything. I am confident we can do it. I have been in that situation, I can handle the pressure, I think the team will. We have to show that tomorrow night."

Evra has won one Champions League and five Premier Leagues since joining United eight years ago so he is not used to losing. The 32-year-old admits this campaign has been a massive disappointment. "Even a three-year old fan has been hurting by all the poor performances," he said. "It has been a difficult season for everyone. We are not used to losing games but everyone wants to fight for this club, everyone loves this club. We know we had a bad game in the first leg."