Evra optimistic United can emulate Chelsea Euro win

Newcastle 0 Manchester United 4

Evra optimistic United can emulate Chelsea Euro win

Such a scenario could arrive once again, as early as Wednesday night, though for rather less palatable reasons if they are unable to upset the odds against Bayern Munich.

“For a club like this, it’s unusual to say that we can save our season in one game,” Patrice Evra, the defender, admitted. “It is unusual, and it’s painful.”

They go into the last eight second leg tie in Bavaria with the sides locked at 1-1. Defeat or a goal-less draw and the nagging fear that David Moyes’ first term in charge would end potless will be confirmed. Given their patchy Premier League form, they can hardly complain if they are unable to paper over the cracks by progressing in Europe.

“We’ve not played too badly in the Champions League,” Evra added, acknowledging that has at times been in contrast to their domestic form, where they have suffered six home defeats. He added: “It looks like we’re all up for it more than in the league. It’s not professional to say that, but it’s the truth.”

After accepting the freedom of Tyneside, Moyes’ side sat 15 points shy of the summit of the Premier League yesterday morning, their title defence one of the most feeble in living memory. They weren’t holders at the time, but cast your mind back two years, when Chelsea trailed in 25 points behind champions Manchester City.

Their horrendous domestic form failed to prevent them from being crowned champions of Europe, in the same Allianz Arena where Manchester United will endeavour to prolong their stay in the competition.

Evra draws parallels between Chelsea’s unfathomable roller coaster form at home and in Europe back then, and the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the first campaign under Moyes.

“This season’s reminded me of when Chelsea won the Champions League,” France international Evra revealed. “I’ve kept it in mind because they weren’t paying well in the Premier League, and yet became champions of Europe. I’m not saying we’re going to do the same, but sometimes you have to be positive. You have to believe.”

Newcastle allowed the visitors to saunter to a 10th away win of the campaign, Juan Mata underlining the huge hole the ineligible former Chelsea midfielder will leave on Wednesday, after scoring the first two and making an injury-time fourth for Adnan Januzaj. In between, Javier Hernandez helped himself to the third, after earlier hitting a post.

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie remain injury doubts to potentially leave Manchester United at a further disadvantage against the Bundesliga champions, who will provide a far sterner test than the one put up by a woeful Newcastle.

“We’re not conceding goals on purpose,” Dan Gosling, the midfielder insisted.

However, Fabricio Coloccini can have had few more forgettable games since his chastening first season at St James’ Park five years ago.

Gosling’s recall for a first Premier League start since the end of 2011 hinted at Newcastle’s desperation. Five of the side to record a first victory at Old Trafford for 41 years earlier this season were missing through injury or, in the case of Yohan Cabaye, having moved on.

Alan Pardew looked for a response in the wake of the 4-0 dismantling by Southampton. He got one — apathy. The imminent return of 13-goal top scorer Loic Remy, possibly for the weekend trip to Stoke, can’t come soon enough for .

NEWCASTLE: Elliot 5; Santon 6, Williamson 4, Coloccini 3, Haidara 4; Anita 4, Tiote 4, Gosling 5, Gouffran 3 (Shola Ameobi 85, 4); De Jong 3 (Ben Arfa 61, 3), Cisse 3.

MANCHESTER UNITED: Lindegaard 8; Valencia 8, Smalling 8, Jones 8, Evra 7 (Buttner 64, 7) ; Young 5 (Januzaj 17, 7) , Fellaini 6 (Nani 70, 6), Fletcher 7, Kagawa 9; Mata 9; Hernandez 9.

Referee: Kevin Friend

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