It was not a penalty; I won the ball - Manchester United's Patrice Evra insists challenge on Chelsea's Ramires was not a foul

Full-back hails goal hero Wayne Rooney for hitting form at the right time following 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge and says winning treble would make him 'happiest man in the world'
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra claims the referee made the right decision not to award Chelsea a penalty for his challenge on Ramires in the Champions League quarter-final clash between the sides on Wednesday night.

Evra appeared to foul Ramires in the penalty area in added time during United's 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge, but Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco ignored Chelsea's desperate pleas for a spot-kick.

The French defender, who would probably have been sent-off had the penalty been awarded, insisted after the game that he was not surprised with the decision and argued he won the ball.

“I honestly wasn't expecting the referee to give a penalty,” said the 29-year-old. “I tried to go for the ball and you could see I touched it.

“I touched the ball and I touched the player as well – I was not scared that I had given away a penalty.”

United's victory was their first at Chelsea since 2002 and Evra hailed goalscorer Wayne Rooney as the main man as Sir Alex Ferguson's side challenge for treble glory this season in the Champions League, Premier League and the FA Cup.

Evra added: “Wayne is a top quality player. We need him more now than we did at the beginning of the season.

“Now is the most important time of the season for Manchester United, it's when we need our key players on their top form.

“That's why it's not a surprise for me. He's a great professional and he's shown here he is top quality.

“I'm very relieved that we have finally won at Stamford Bridge. I have never won here, the last time Manchester United did it was in 2002.

“If we win the treble I will be the most happiest man in the world but we are not looking for that. Every game is a final now and we want to win every game.

“We don't talk about the treble. We just talk about winning games. That's what you do when you wear the Manchester United shirt.”

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