Patrice Evra has no intention of following Robin van Persie’s example by leaping into Sir Alex Ferguson when he scores his next Manchester United goal.
Van Persie’s instinctive reaction to ending a ten-game goal drought at Stoke on Sunday was to race to the away dugout and jump into the arms of the boss. A clearly delighted Ferguson was left spluttering: “He nearly killed me, he forgets that I’m 71.”
Evra wouldn’t dare a repeat.
“No chance. Never,” said the France defender. “Imagine I go in too strong against him. He could fall, then he might sack me.”
United move from Stoke to West Ham tonight, looking for the first three of the seven points still needed to grab the Premier League trophy.
Fulham manager Martin Jol yesterday laughed off any chance of Fulham signing Frank Lampard ahead of tonight’s west London derby visit of Chelsea, who are fighting hard for a Champions League place.
Also tonight, outgoing champions Manchester City host Wigan in a rehearsal of the FA Cup final. “It is about finishing the season as strongly as we can,” said City coach David Platt. “You would probably put money on us finishing second now and hopefully we win the FA Cup.”