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    Crawley manager wary of 'master' Ferguson


    by ODN


    Crawley Town manager Steve Evans admits he and his players will be wracked with nerves when they take on the team managed by a man he calls 'The Master' at Old Trafford on Saturday.

    But Evans believes his non-league team are capable of pulling off a shock result, and has already picked his team to take on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United.

    Crawley got the best reward possible for beating Torquay three weeks ago in the FA Cup fourth round.

    A glamour tie with the 11-times cup winners has been the talk of the West Sussex town ever since. The Blue Square Premier side's average attendance last season was 1,003 but they have sold an estimated 9,000 tickets for the match, which will be shown live on television and is expected to earn them £1 million.

    Evans masterminded victories over Swindon and Derby before the Torquay success and is now set to lock horns with fellow Glaswegian Sir Alex Ferguson.

    "Nervous? I'll be meeting Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 Manchester United fans. Of course I'm nervous," he said.

    "I'd be nervous just speaking to the master himself.

    "For my players it will be a big day and it will be the same for me. (Crawley physio) Mark Stein has played in the FA Cup final and he talks about being nervous.