Patrice Evra Calls on Manchester United Stars to ‘Eat the Grass’ vs. PSG | Bleacher Report
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“Make sure tomorrow we are proud of you, guys, by running everywhere, give everything you’ve got,” he said. “I want people to eat the grass tomorrow, and the fans, you have a big part to play. I always say it is the Theatre of Dreams for us, and it has to be Theatre of Nightmares for the opponent.”
The Frenchman also singled out some of United’s key players for motivation, starting with his compatriot Paul Pogba:
“Paul, who is going to stop you when you make your box-to-box? David De Gea, tomorrow, the shop is closed. Shut the door. Anthony [Martial], I don’t care if you don’t smile, I want you to destroy people. [Marcus] Rashford, show me you are a real Mancunian.”
United will host the Parisians in the first leg of the last 16 tie before travelling to the Parc des Princes for the second on March 6.
Edinson Cavani and Neymar will be absent on Tuesday—and the latter for the return leg too—and football writer Liam Canning thinks United have a good chance of victory:
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Don’t think there’s been many games post-Ferguson that Manchester United fans have been excited about as much as they are for PSG.
A genuine chance to turn up in a big game and beat a top team. Bring it on!
When the draw was made in December, the Red Devils were labouring under Jose Mourinho and looked to have little hope of progressing in Europe, but they’ve now won 11 of their last 12 matches under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In their last outing, United eased to a comfortable 3-0 win at Fulham, which ESPN’s Rob Dawson felt was ideal preparation for the PSG game:
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Another win, three goals, clean sheet and players rested ahead of PSG on Tuesday. Perfect afternoon for United and Solskjaer. Pogba, Martial and Herrera all quality.
PSG are still a dangerous side—Kylian Mbappe is set to play, for example, and he has 22 goals and 14 assists to his name in all competitions this season.
However, with the likes of Pogba, Rashford and Martial beginning to realise their considerable potential under Solskjaer, United have an excellent chance of picking up a strong result to take with them to Paris.