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Ex-Man Utd defender Anderson: Evra can stand up to outside abuse

Former Manchester United defender Viv Anderson is confident that Patrice Evra will stand up to any outside abuse he receives this weekend.

The Frenchman was at the forefront of the racial abuse allegation made against Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, which saw the Uruguayan receive an eight-match ban, and is likely to be a target for Reds fans in the FA Cup fourth round clash at Anfield on Saturday.

Anderson believes that Evra has what it takes to out all that to side and perform well for United in what is likely to be another heated meeting between the arch rivals.

"Patrice should definitely play, 100 per cent. There will be a backlash, but he did nothing wrong, so why should he not play?" Anderson said.

"He is experienced enough and old enough to deal with it. It won't be the first time he's been verbally attacked. If you cannot deal with it, then you are never going to make a career for yourself.

"Patrice is at Manchester United playing in the Premier League and is a French international.

"He has proved he is able to stand up to all the outside pressures that have been heaped on him as he's built his career.

"It is not right you have to put up with racial abuse, but I am sure it has happened to him in the past. I don't think playing at Anfield after what has gone on will bother him.

"There will always be something else around the corner, and if you keep worrying about something then you will fold and disappear."

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