Evra wary of Schalke threat
United defender aiming to finish season with the top honours
Last Updated: April 24, 2011 1:00pm
Evra: Not taking victory against Schalke for granted on Tuesday
Manchester United's Patrice Evra has vowed to learn from last year's defeat against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester United again face German opposition in the form of Schalke in the semi-final of Europe's premier club competition.
Last term, Bayern Munich knocked them out on the way to reaching the final they eventually lost to Inter Milan.
Schalke have enhanced their reputation by the way in which they dispatched current holders Inter and Evra is warning his team-mates against taking them lightly.
"We remember what happened playing against a German team last season when we were knocked out by Bayern Munich," he said.
"You have to respect every team and we will. I have a lot of respect for Schalke - you can never presume anything.
"When I played for Monaco nobody thought we would get to the final. That's because in the quarter-finals we played against Real Madrid and in the semi-final we played against Chelsea - but we won both games!
"Schalke are in the semi-finals because they desperately want to be there. They have a desire to win the trophy. So we have top respect that and we know they are well supported and it will be a big atmosphere in Germany."
After a slow start to the season, Manchester United have put themselves in a position where they now stand just games away from completing a Premier League and Champions League double.
"We remember what happened playing against a German team last season when we knocked out by Bayern Munich."
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And with the final of Europe's showpiece club football event at Wembley this year, it has given United extra impetus to succeed.
"We want this season to finish on a high, on a big high." Evra added.
"It's amazing that the final is at Wembley but let's be clear we want to win this competition every year, not just this time.
"Every year we enjoy the Champions League. It's one of the biggest trophies to win in your career. And when you win it once, you want to win it again.
"That's why we are so focused and why it's so important to get to the final and win like we did in Moscow three years ago."