Patrice Evra set to return to Manchester United team at Norwich after short break

The Red Devils' French skipper looks set to be recalled to the starting XI at Carrow Road, after being given a rest to mentally recuperate following the Luis Suarez affair

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is set to return to the starting XI at Norwich on Sunday, after being given a short break to recuperate mentally after all the controversy surrounding him and Luis Suarez.

Red Devils' manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes he made the right decision in resting his captain for both ties against Ajax, and believes Evra can come back into the side and help push the team towards another title.

Ferguson told The Sunday Express: “The intention was always to give Patrice a clean break away from it all after the Suarez thing. He needed that rest factor because don’t forget he’s been playing non-stop for four years.

“But he’s nice and fresh now and he’s had his break. It was a difficult time mentally for him, with everything that’s been going on. After the Liverpool game was over, that was the right time mentally to give him the break.

“We also needed to give him a break physically, so he’s nice and fresh for the run-in.”

Sir Alex is wary of the threat that Norwich will pose and believes Paul Lambert has done a great job so far this season, explaining: “He has done very well. I knew him as a kid when he was at St Mirren because he played under my brother Martin, who was a coach there at the time.

“He had a good career and was always a clever player. Of course he went to Borussia Dortmund and won a European medal.

“He played a disciplined role there, sitting in front of the back four. Ottmar Hitzfeld was the manager. He went on to play for Celtic and his managerial career has progressed very well.

“He goes about his work quietly. He gets on with his job and stays under the radar. He’s done really well.

“It’s not easy for a young manager coming into the Premier League. Norwich seem to be the right kind of club for him in that they have a full house every week but there’s not the kind of expectation to win the League. He’s done well there and they play very good football too.”

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