Europa League: I wish I could play

Earlier this week, Manchester United were drawn to face the Catalan giants in the Europa League knockout play-offs.

Former France international, Patrice Evra, has reacted to Manchester United’s Europa League play-off draw against Barcelona.

Evra said that he loves and respects Barcelona so much as a football club, but recalled how the La Liga giant denied him three Champions League trophies.

“I love them, even when they beat us I had so much respect for that club,” he said on Betfair.

He described the game between the two European giants as the biggest tie, adding that fans will see the game as Champions League final.

“Playing against Barcelona is tough and without them, I would have three more Champions League winners medals,” he added.

“It’s the kind of game that makes me wish I was still playing. I wished I was still playing.”

In other related Europa League updates

Man Utd news: Red Devils fined as Erik ten Hag given green light to complete transfer

The Football Association has fined Manchester United £82,000 for breaches of two rules during their Premier League matches with Newcastle and Chelsea, which ended in draws

Manchester United prepare to take on Aston Villa in Thursday night’s Carabao Cup showdown as they aim to avoid a second defeat by the same opponent in a matter of days.

The Red Devils may have lost their way against the Villains on Sunday but ensured they did not repeat the same behavioural mistakes from recent games with Newcastle and Chelsea, for which they have been fined by the Football Association. Elsewhere, Erik ten Hag has been given the green light for a transfer – but only if he sells an unwanted flop first.

Ten Hag green light for transfer

Ten Hag has been given the green light by Manchester United’s owners to complete a January swoop for a new right back – if he can offload £50million defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The Red Devils have been operating with Diogo Dalot at right-back for the majority of the season, with Wan-Bissaka struggling to impress Ten Hag, while also spending a substantial amount of time on the sidelines through injury.

As a result, the Dutchman will be able to seal a deal for a new back-up for Dalot if he is able to flog the former Crystal Palace man, according to the Daily Telegraph, as he aims to provide competition for the Portuguese international for the remainder of the season.

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