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Evans believes experience gives Devils an edge

Jonny Evans expects a European flavour to accompany tomorrow night's mouth-watering Manchester derby.

United entertain City in the Carling Cup semi-final decider needing to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg at Eastlands last week.

While Blues chief executive Garry Cook is certain City will be the ones at the final whistle celebrating a first Wembley cup final appearance since 1981, Evans has enough experience of such situations to know the home side still have a chance.

But the Northern Ireland star is also aware United need the Old Trafford crowd on their side, which is why he is looking for a special atmosphere reserved for those mammoth European nights the club are so used to.

"It is a different competition, but night-time games at Old Trafford are usually special and I am sure this game will have that European feel about it," said Evans.

"The incentive is big enough and Manchester United don't lose many semi-finals. It is up to the players to make it another memorable occasion for the club."

The return of Rio Ferdinand after three months out with a back complaint provides Evans with a new central defensive partner against City, as well as releasing Wes Brown to fill the right-back slot, where he will try to shackle Craig Bellamy. City's main man, though, is undoubtedly Carlos Tevez.

Both local police and the FA have stepped in to try and quell the ill-feeling that arose between Tevez and Gary Neville around the first leg. The peace has been uneasy so far, although Evans does not believe there is a problem.

"It is just banter. The fans and the press are the ones who try to stir it up. We're at home and we have to get a victory. I think it is going to be exciting and a great game to be involved in."

Ryan Giggs and Dimitar Berbatov are expected to be recalled by United.

If they have one, Evans believes United's advantage comes with the experience of being in high-pressure situations so often in the past, whereas for City it is unknown territory.

"Maybe we know how to do it a little bit more," Evans added.


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