Patrice Evra is ready to join in the booing of Carlos Tevez if his good friend turns out in Sunday's Manchester derby.

Despite the South American's change of allegiance, the friendship Evra struck up with Tevez remains. But, acknowledging the reception Tevez is likely to get if he does recover from a knee injury picked up on World Cup duty earlier this month, Evra is only going to make it worse.

"I have been joking with him about the reception he will get," said Evra. "I don't know if the fans will boo him or clap him. He did a great job at Manchester United. He respected the shirt and the fans understand that. But if they boo him I will join in."

As usual, Evra's comments are delivered with a beaming smile.

There has been plenty of laughter between the pair, who formed a somewhat unlikely alliance with Park Ji-sung during their time together at United, as they contemplated Sunday's game, the first time in almost 40 years the two clubs have met on almost equal footing.

It is clear, despite reaching two Champions League finals and winning a couple of league titles during his 'loan' spell with United, Tevez is now firmly in the blue camp.

"I have had a message from him saying they are going to win. I am not so sure," said Evra.

"I just hope he plays. It will be special to play against him because he is such a good friend.

"But he is a City player now and we cannot let him beat Manchester United."

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