Patrice Evra says he cannot wait for Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford when Manchester United take on Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16.
Sir Alex Ferguson will face off with old rival Jose Mourinho in what he described as being the tie of the round.
Evra insisted he and his Manchester United teammates would be ready for the test and were confident they could advance to the quarter-finals, though admitted it was as tough a draw as the Red Devils could have got.
“It's not an easy one as Madrid are a big team. On a positive front, I think everyone is going to be ready for that game,” he told the official Manchester United website.
"It's a big game and everyone will be wanting to play well. It's not easy but we can do it.”
He also said he was excited at the prospect of going up against his old teammate Ronaldo and believes the Manchester United fans will show they feel the same by giving him a warm reception.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80million move to Real Madrid has seen him come to be considered as one of the two bets players in world football, alongside Barcelona star Lionel Messi, but Evra is hoping the Portugal captain is unable to show it when they meet.
“Also, I'm happy to see Ronny back at Old Trafford. I think the fans will be very nice with him as he did a fantastic job when he was playing for United.
“I just hope, against us, he will do nothing and we are going to win against Madrid.
“It's a tough draw but we can do it.”
Ronaldo made his first return to play in England since his switch to Spain when Real Madrid took on United’s local rivals Manchester City in the group stages of the competition.
His appearance at Old Trafford is likely to be an emotional affair for players and fans and many are expecting him to get a rapturous welcome.
The first leg will take place at Santiago Bernabeu on February 12/13 or 19/20 and the return leg at Old Trafford on March 5/6 or 12/13.
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