Manchester United defender Patrice Evra aims to end Norwich City’s Capital One Cup progress

Manchester United's Patrice Evra has a special affinity with the Capital One Cup. Picture: PA Manchester United's Patrice Evra has a special affinity with the Capital One Cup. Picture: PA

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
6:15 AM

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra wants to play a full part in ending Norwich City’s interest in the Capital One Cup.

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Evra is desperate to feature this evening against the Canaries in a competition that holds special memories for the French international. The 32-year-old won the League Cup within months of moving to Old Trafford back in 2006.

“The League Cup is a big trophy for me - it’s the first one I won,” he said. “I remember saying to the boss (Sir Alex Ferguson) when we got on the bus after the final, ‘This is fantastic, after two months, I’ve won a trophy.’ It doesn’t matter if it’s the Community Shield, the League Cup or something else, from that day you start to be a winner you want to win more. You are hungry for more. That was a very important trophy for us. We went on to win many more after that one. It’s one we always want to win. It doesn’t matter who plays, whether it’s the senior players or the younger players, Manchester United always wants to win.

“Everyone has that winning mentality at the club and it’s our aim to get the victory. The Norwich game will be a tough challenge but the team did well against Liverpool (in the last round) which was a difficult match and we can hope we can play well again and win this game.”

The likes of Wilfried Zaha and Adnan Januzaj are both in line to face the Canaries, with United chief David Moyes convinced both his young strikers can have a major impact for the Red Devils this season.

Januzaj has burst onto the scene in recent weeks but Zaha has had to settle for a bit-part role since his high profile summer switch from Crystal Palace.

“I just don’t think we have had the right opportunity to get him on as much as would have liked,” Moyes told United’s official site. “We don’t want to put him in too quickly. We want to make it the right time. I’ve said I would look at it in January as I wanted to have him here for six months to see how we work. I told him we would try to get him minutes but the competition in the wide areas we have with Nani, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Adnan and even Shinji Kagawa playing off the side means we are as strong there as anywhere.

“It’s not that Wilf has done anything wrong, it’s just that we have big competition and we have to try to make sure he gets some playing time. Unfortunately, we haven’t done that with Wilf and, if it’s still the case in January, we would look at it. But he is very much in my plans and in my thoughts all the time.”

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