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Evra expects an exciting FA Cup encounter

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Manchester United defender Patrice Evra anticipates a colossal clash between two inner-city rivals in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley.

Ahead of the weekend's most eagerly anticipated Manchester derby in recent years, both sides have much more than just local pride to play for.

With United still on course for a memorable treble, their attention now turns back to the domestic cup after successfully seeing off the Champions League challenge of Chelsea on Tuesday evening.

"The problem with Manchester United is you don't have time to recover and Saturday is a big game," said Evra.

"It is a big opportunity for City. They want to win the FA Cup because it is a long time since they last won a trophy.


 

"But we have to win too. Manchester United want to win every year and this is a big opportunity for us to win three trophies."

Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged his squad to emulate the treble winning side of 1999, and Evra is confident of taking a step closer to the FA Cup – a trophy that has eluded the Red Devils for the past seven years.

Having made his United debut against City back in 2006, Evra has plenty of experience in Manchester derbies.

But the 29-year-old left-back admits that the rivalry has grown in recent years sine the Citizens' rise to prominence.

"The derby has changed in the time I have been at Old Trafford," he mused. "City are stronger than they were before.

"Now they play to win the league every year. It is different and when everyone sees these matches they expect a big game because something always happens in the derby."

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