Evra to play against Liverpool

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Patrice Evra will play against Liverpool in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The meeting of the two Premier League heavyweights is the first time the sides have gone head to head since Luis Suarez racially abused the France international back in October, with a heated atmosphere expected at Anfield at the weekend.

Despite reports that the full back would sit out the trip, Ferguson has confirmed he will play, and feels he is a great choice for captain whilst Nemanja Vidic is out injured.

“I don’t see why there is any need for that, to be honest,” he told Mirror Football when asked if Evra would be rested.

“I think one of your players who has been playing all the time should be in the forefront to be captain, and that was the case with Patrice.

“He’s a very popular player with a good personality, which is important to have if you’re captain of a club like ours. He’s very friendly and has got a good humour about him, but he’s also quite a determined lad.

“Rio would have been captain if he hadn’t had all those inconsistencies in terms of his injuries.

“Patrice has got different qualities to Rio. He’s not as voluble, but certainly influences a lot of things, and his own team performance, for instance, is very good,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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