Fergie happy to throw Evra into Anfield cauldron
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed he will have no reservations about picking Patrice Evra for his side's controversial FA Cup fourth round tie against Liverpool - adding the Frenchman could even wear the captain's armband.
Evra would be expected to get an extremely hostile reception during the match at Anfield, as a result of his involvement in the FA disciplinary case against Reds forward Luis Suarez that saw the Uruguayan banned for eight matches after being found guilty of racially abusing the United left-back.
While unwilling to break United's club policy of not discussing the Suarez case directly, Ferguson admitted shielding Evra from the hostile Anfield atmosphere when the two sides meet at the end of January is not something he is considering.
"He's done okay. I haven't decided on that [whether Evra will play] but it wouldn't be a problem for me," said Ferguson.
The Scot also suggested Evra could retain the captaincy for the contest, due to a lack of other realistic candidates. While Liverpool's legal team attempted to paint the former Monaco man as a volatile, unreliable character during their defence of Suarez, Ferguson insisted that could not be further from the truth.
"Rio [Ferdinand] would have been the captain if he didn't have that inconsistency because of a series of injuries," said Ferguson. "Someone who will be playing all the time should be at the forefront of your mind to be your captain and that was the case with Patrice.
"He is not as voluble as Rio but he certainly influences a lot of things and his own performance are very good.
"The players look up to him. He's very popular with a good personality. He's very friendly, has humour and he is a determined lad."