|Desc||A former Manchester United captain who won an astonishing five league titles during his nine years at Old Trafford|
|Org||France National Team|
|Club as Player||West Ham|
2013 10 26 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra on Bixente Lizarazu] I don’t have a status in the French team, I’m just a player. Whether I have the armband or not, I do my role as captain. I’m like that. You can’t stop me from saying what I think, but there is one boss - Didier Deschamps. There are some people, some commentators, they want to lie to the people of France, saying Evra is unloved, arrogant. That’s not true. When I meet people in the street they are super friendly. I do not know what Lizarazu has against me. He was never voted the best fullback in the world like I was. With France, he did not shake my hand when I arrived, but he’s like that. It doesn’t affect me at all, but the problem is that it can affect my family. These bums should stop lying to France. They are parasites. We were children in Knysna [at South Africa 2010], but when will they stop talking about it?
2016 10 15 Retrieve
[Juventus defender Patrice Evra compares team-mate Gonzalo Higuain with Ruud van Nistelrooy in an interview] I did not know him personally, but he goes crazy when he does not score goals. It’s in his nature. I remember a match where we were both on the bench and he did not have any nails left in the end. He told me that he simply had to score when he came on. It’s the only thing he thinks about. I remember van Nistelrooy was just like that. They are among those players who were simply put on this world to score goals. Those who cannot sleep if they do not score. And that’s perfect for Juventus
2016 10 29 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra speaks about ageing] I’m starting to see myself like a bottle of wine, you know? The older I get, the better the taste. I am a competitor and I want to play until my legs can’t do it anymore. When I see that my level is dropping, I will just retire. I am honest with myself, but at the moment I am having fun. I love to run. I’m playing every game like it’s my last
2017 04 29 Retrieve
[Evra suggests in graphic terms that Christophe Dugarry benefited during his playing days from his friendship with Zinedine Zidane and referring to him only as ‘Duarig’] My brother told me, you have to take care of ‘Duarig’, He works with you, Duarig? You know who I’m talking about, but do not say his real name. You will understand
Duarig, if he has a problem with me, let him come to Marseille. We will talk about it, we’ll discuss it, no worries. I respect him, [he’s a] world champion, European champion. But I think he is the only person in the world who knows the number of pubic hairs that Zidane has on his family jewels
2018 02 10 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra reveals his delight at returning to the English Premier League with West Ham United] The Patrice Evra of Manchester United is done. Now is a new challenge, which is Patrice Evra playing for West Ham. People say, ‘Why are you still playing when you have nothing to prove?’ But every day you wake up, you have something to prove to yourself. When I was working on my own, not one time was I ever thinking about retirement. Every day, I was going to training with a lot of anger. In life, nobody gave me anything for free, so that’s why I know I have to work hard. I will bring my winning mentality in every game. Even in training and in the gym, you have to have that mentality. For me, winning is something normal. I will do my best to bring to my team-mates that mentality
2019 03 16 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra used his Twitter account to tease a private text message conversation with former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo after the Juventus star’s winning Champions League performance] The only person in the world that can take the pressure and be the best player in the world like Michael Jordan is Cristiano Ronaldo. Don’t try to tap the screen for his number
2019 07 29 Retrieve
[Former Manchester United and Juventus defender Patrice Evra has announced his retirement from football] My playing career is officially over. I started training for the UEFA B Coaching License in 2013, now I want to finish it and then go on to get the UEFA A license. In a year and a half, if everything goes well, I’ll be ready to lead a team. Sir Alex Ferguson had predicted at the time that two of his players would become coaches of a high level: Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra.
2019 07 30 Retrieve
[Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has opened up on his bitter departure from the club, targeting CEO Ed Woodward for broken promises] I was having dinner in Dubai on my birthday and had a text from my agent. He told me to go somewhere quiet and sent me a message with the statement from United saying they were pleased to renew my contract for another year. I went mad, I was really disappointed. I called Ed and swore on the phone, even threatened him. He said I couldn’t talk to the director of football like that and that he was going to fine me. Some people won’t understand why Ed did it but I understand. Of the senior players I was the only one he wanted to keep - even David Moyes had said it before he got sacked. They said to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, we don’t need you anymore, but in the dressing room you need a character. I understood Ed, but I didn’t understand why he betrayed me. He should’ve called me to explain
[Evra admits his future might have been very different had Woodward not thrown a spanner in the works] Without that it’s difficult to know what would’ve happened. I would’ve had to deal with my wife - and I call her Roy Keane when she gets angry. When we reached the Champions League final with Juventus she said she’d told me so, but even winning three Champions Leagues with Juve wouldn’t have had the same satisfaction of playing for United
2019 07 30b Retrieve
[Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has claimed that he played with chicken in his boot for four months while at Monaco] People talk about when we made the Champions League final in 2004, but the craziest part [of my career] at Monaco came after I had played a game for the French U21 team. An opponent had stamped on my foot and damaged it badly. In hospital I told the Monaco coach, Didier Deschamps, ‘It’s too painful. I can’t play. I can’t even walk!’. But the team needed me, so the doctors tried everything to take away the pain. Nothing worked. Then someone from the club staff said, ‘Why don’t you just go old school?’
Everyone said, ‘What do you mean?’. He said, ‘Just slide a chicken down his boot’. It sounded crazy but, you know me, I’m open minded. So I went to my local butcher. The butcher said, ‘What do you want?’. I said, ‘A piece of chicken. But just a tiny one’. He said, ‘A tiny one? How come?’. I said, ‘I’m gonna put it in my boot’. He just laughed. I went home with the chicken. I ordered new boots: one in size 42.5, the other in size 44. I passed the ball. [It] felt okay. Painful, but okay. So I ended up playing with chicken in my boot for four months. I didn’t train with it - my mother would never have forgiven me for wasting food - but before every game I would visit the butcher. ‘Morning, Patrice. The usual, yeah?’. The chicken enabled me to play so well that, in January 2006, I was signed by Manchester United.
2019 08 04 Retrieve
[Friend and former team-mate Patrice Evra says Paul Pogba needs to feel more love if he is to thrive at Manchester United] I don’t know what Paul’s future holds. I do know that he felt really loved in Juventus. He doesn’t feel that love in Manchester. We always forget what a player is about. A player is about performing on the pitch. So kill him when he is not playing well but if he is playing well, concentrate on that. When you buy nice cars and a big house, you will create hate and jealousy so you have to step up your game and make sure it doesn’t affect you.
That’s why I say to Paul: do whatever you want but if you see it affects your game, stop. Don’t try to be like a warrior. Stop. For me, money has never been something important in my life. Even at school when they give you the money for lunch, I gave it to my mum straight away. I love to share. Money helps you do things but it doesn’t make you happy. Money won’t cure you. Money is not everything. I was happy as well when I didn’t have money. Money can make you go crazy, too
2019 08 04b Retrieve
[Patrice Evra has revealed he received death threats in the wake of his racism row with Luis Suarez eight years ago. He accused Suarez of calling him a negro during a Premier League game between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in October 2011] I received a lot of letters of death. For months, I had a security car parked outside my house in Alderley Edge 24 hours a day. It wasn’t easy for my family but I grew up on tough streets in Les Ulis so for me it was like something normal. But maybe for another person, it was crazy. Even my brother was saying: ‘Be careful’ when we were out in the car
[Despite what happened Evra insists he doesn’t hate Suarez or bear any ill-feeling over what happened] I don’t know if Suarez is a racist. I don’t know his family. I don’t know his background. But racism is so big for so many years and that day, there was racist abuse. So when we went to the hearing, they listened to me because I said I didn’t want them to punish him and I don’t know him close enough to say he is racist but he used that racist word. I don’t hate him. I never hated him. I wanted to punch him at the time but for me to hate someone is impossible. I don’t have hate in my heart. I can react but hate is a strong word for me. When I was asked to pick a team of my best players, I named Suarez as one of my XI. He was the best striker at that time. Why should I not recognise his talent even if he isn’t a good person? I don’t even know if he is a good person. We had one episode. At that time, I wouldn’t have gone on holiday with him but I can’t hate him
2019 08 04c Retrieve
[Patrice Evra says anti-racism campaigns in football such as Kick It Out are fake and ineffective in tackling the issue] When I first came to England in 2006, Didier Deschamps said: ‘You will see this country is so open, you can be on the street, people can have yellow hair and red hair and nobody cares’. And I saw so many different people with crazy stuff, crazy dress, and no one cares because you are free. But when you are a football player, you are not allowed to have yellow hair. People are using this to create hate around that player even if he is performing well and I won’t accept that. The problem is in the English game. Black players aren’t abused when they walk on the street.
I love England. I have lived so many years in England. You can’t call the people in England racist. Italy is the same. But when they come in the stadium, they start to be like animals, acting like animals. That’s when they start to use everything for you to have a bad game. Should I call them racists for that? I don’t know. There are different ways to hurt a player but I don’t know why you have to talk about his origin or colour. I don’t think it should be up to the players to fight it. It is the league. If the league keeps accepting it, one day something bad will happen.
The answer is not those official campaigns like Say No to Racism. I don’t want to wear the shirt Say No to Racism. They ask me to do those campaigns but I won’t because they are fake. The players don’t even know what it’s about. Some of them don’t even want to do it. So when I did that first Instagram video when I was dressed as a panda, it was because I wanted to affect kids. If you’re funny, you might reach more kids. But don’t ask me to Say No to Racism like a robot because that won’t affect anyone. I am happy to do a campaign against racism but in my own way. Maybe I’m crazy but it is a good craziness
2019 08 05 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra says racism has to be stubbed out like a bad habit, but that he has gone through too much in his life to be affected by racist abuse] I have played in Italy, too, and they have thrown bananas and made monkey noises. When you are strong inside, these things don’t touch you. They make you stronger. What I hate is when I know someone is weaker than me and it will affect them. In my life, I go through many things and you can’t hurt me with monkey noises or bananas. It’s when you talk about my family
[Evra has spoken of his dislike for what he sees as ‘fake’ campaigns like Say No To Racism] ‘m here because it is not fair to do that to someone. We are living in 2019. It will start to be like a habit and that is really bad. We can talk about terrorism and when a bomb is somewhere, we just say, ‘Oh, another one’. We won’t be in shock because of the society we live in. Everything is a habit. But I worry that something really big will happen and that is why we have to stop it
2019 08 06 Retrieve
[Evra refused to shake Luis Suarez’s hand when the two met in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford later that season and the Frenchman revealed that he received death threats following the incident] I received a lot of letters of death. For months, I had a security car parked outside my house in Alderley Edge 24 hours a day.
[Evra insists he did not harbour any ill-feelings towards Barcelona star Suarez, despite what happened in the past] I don’t hate him. I never hated him. I wanted to punch him at the time but for me to hate someone is impossible. I don’t have hate in my heart. I can react but hate is a strong word for me. When I was asked to pick a team of my best players, I named Suarez as one of my XI. He was the best striker at that time
2019 08 30 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra is convinced Paul Pogba will stay at Manchester United] Paul is focused, Paul is in Manchester and he will stay in Manchester. There have been discussions, but it’s good for the club and it’s good for him [that he stays]. Now we have to concentrate, we’ll see over the years if he stays, but now it would be difficult for him to leave Manchester. Leaving at the end of the transfer window when the season has already started, no. I hope he will have a great season with Manchester. I’m not divided. Paul, he’s my brother, so he’s the best for me. If he’s not happy in Manchester, I’ll tell Paul to leave. If he’s happy in Manchester, I’ll tell him to stay. But to tell you the truth, I would advise him to stay
[Evra announced his retirement last month and hinted at a possible future switch to management] My playing career is officially over. I started training for the UEFA B Coaching License in 2013, now I want to finish it and then go on to get the UEFA A license. In a year and a half, if everything goes well, I’ll be ready to lead a team
2019 08 30b Retrieve
[Patrice Evra is adamant Neymar will return to his best at Barcelona should he leave Paris Saint-Germain and feels the attacker has been subject to unfair criticism] I think Neymar, there are a lot of people who don’t like him. The problem in this world is that when you are yourself, people hate you, and when you lie, people love you. Neymar, I often speak with him and I wish that God would realise his plans. It’s always like that, when you arrive you are the king of the world, and when you leave…looks like Neymar murdered someone. This is not the case. You’ll see, people miss Neymar for his genius, his way of playing.
It’s simple, a football player must feel loved. When you feel too much negativity, you leave. There are people, and maybe even the media, who use that, who criticise him for diving too much during the games. They create all this hatred around him. But Neymar is a good guy. He gave a lot to Paris. And then I’ll tell you, we’re talking about Neymar, but when Neymar didn’t play in the Champions League, Paris didn’t go any further. Neymar was not there for the two semi-finals. Neymar is too important for PSG to lose him. I don’t know if they’re going to lose him, but if they do, they’ll lose a great player. And he does return to Barcelona he will become the player he always was
2019 09 10 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra has started work at Manchester United as he bids to complete his coaching badges] I can’t describe how I feel right now!!! Just wearing that training coach kit made me one of the most happy man thank you @manchesterunited for helping me to complete my coach badges!!! Day one done
2019 09 17 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra has called on Manchester United’s players to show they are willing to bleed for the club to earn the respect of supporters] We’ve had too many managers, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho. I just think for the players it’s difficult. One manager wants to play one way, another manager wants to play another way, you need to know the value of the club and Manchester United. That’s why I think Ole is a good appointment for the club. He knows the philosophy of the club. It’s difficult when you come to Manchester United from the outside, people don’t accept you straight away. You need to bleed for this club before people accept you. We are a big club. We want to win trophies. We don’t want to spend more than 10 years without winning the league again. It’s not easy but the fans have to believe - it’s a process
[Evra is hoping to soon see fewer and fewer highlight-reel saves from the goalkeeper as he hopes the team will improve to a point where they don’t have to rely on him so much] I’m not surprised David de Gea is doing well because mentally he is very strong after a tough start [to his career at Man Utd]. I always wish that he is the best player in the world, but I never wish him to be the best player at Manchester United because that means something is wrong with my midfield, with my attack, with my defence. So, please David, win the best goalkeeper in the world but not the Player of the Year here!
2019 09 21 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra has admitted it is killing him to witness Manchester United’s decline] We played [last week] against Leicester and many people said it was going to be a tough game because they’re in form but it’s what I’m talking about. Where is the respect for Manchester United? I want people to fear us again and people have to go out and play better and win the games. I know it’s not easy going to West Ham, it’s a tough place, but we have to make sure, when the players step on the pitch, we are united. I want that arrogance to come back, you know. Even if it’s not easy, people have to understand we are Manchester United. So I’m upset when I hear people talking about United as if we are nothing. It’s killing me. We need to win, no matter. Actually, I want to win games until everyone is ready as we’ve got a lot of injuries but we need to win games, no matter what. I know some people complained we didn’t play great against Leicester but we got the three points. It’s what we have to do. Going on that pitch, we have to get three points. Trust me, when the full squad is back, we’re going to have some better days for us
[Evra was still training with West Ham when they beat the Red Devils 3-1 in 2018] West Ham is a good club and I think Manuel Pellegrini is doing a great job. They will go for it. I remember I was still playing for West Ham and they played against United. During the week, actually all the players were so focused in training and not one of them was thinking they were going to lose against United. I was a West Ham player but a United fan and I was a little bit hurt to say: ‘Wow, my club is getting really down’, if they don’t think even one per cent they are going to lose that game. The problem is they won that game 3-1, West Ham, so I was happy but really upset. Wow, we need to fix my club’ and it’s why we are Manchester United
2019 10 21 Retrieve
[Evra reveals negotiations over potential Man Utd role] I’m doing my coaching badges with Manchester United, but I want to make it clear because people think I am already working for United. There has been some talk but no, I am just doing my coaching badges. I know people are excited to see me back at the club. I’m having some important talks behind the scenes so we will decide if I will work for the club in a certain role or not. We will see
[Asked about what a new job at United could involve] We don’t know yet. The problem is I want to do everything but in life you can’t do everything, but [I want] a role where I can get my hands dirty. So if I come back to the club it’s not just to put my face on it, it’s because I want my club to go back to [being] the best club in the world. As I player I sacrificed my life to succeed at this club. I don’t know which role I will have but I will do the same
[Evra admitted he was happy to come away with just a point from the showdown with Jurgen Klopp’s side] Yes, of course, [I am happy with the result] because, like may people before the game, I thought that Liverpool would beat us very easily. But a derby is a derby, no matter which position you are in the league. So that’s why I think you have to give credit to Man Utd. But I was also disappointed with Liverpool. Because I just think they didn’t play that game as a derby, they played like it was against a team 14th in the league. So I think they were a little bit overconfident. It’s a shame ending this game without the three points because it would have been so good for us mentally, because we played a good game. Ole did the right tactics until we conceded that goal
2019 10 21b Retrieve
[Patrice Evra has laid into Arsenal after their defeat at Sheffield United, saying they are a soft touch and nothing has changed since he was playing at Man Utd a decade ago] They (Sheffield United) deserved the win but I’m not surprised about Arsenal. I said before the game to make sure they did not fall into the trap. I used to call them my babies 10 years ago and they still are when I look at them. That’s the truth, and I’m not being disrespectful when I say that. It’s just the feeling I get with this team. They look pretty, they look good, but they don’t look like a winning team, they just like playing good football. I was so happy playing against Arsenal because I knew I was going to win.
Even when Robin van Persie came on the first day I shook his hand and said ‘welcome to a man’s club’. At the beginning he was upset but after one month he said ‘you are completely right, Patrice’ and that’s my feeling. Matteo Guendouzi has been the best in midfield but he’s a player who was playing in the second league in France and he wasn’t even playing regularly, and he is the best player on this team. And I know some legends are fuming when they see [Granit] Xhaka as the captain of Arsenal.
I respect them like Aubameyang, Lacazette, but you can see if those guys don’t score a goal, they are in trouble and nothing’s changed. I’m like… where’s Arsene? And not because I am French, where is Wenger? Because it is the same
2019 10 22 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra named James Milner as the toughest opponent he faced during his illustrious career] James Milner. I played against Messi many times in the wide position, and I won’t say he’s easy to mark, but I could deal with it. It’s when he goes central, that’s when he’s dangerous because he can turn on the right or left.
James Milner, only because he could frustrate me because I’m an attacking defender and he’s following me everywhere and challenging me in the air and I would just get frustrated sometimes. ‘Just go and attack and leave me alone!’ When I was playing the derby against Manchester City, I had him and then he went to Liverpool and I had him again. So yeah, the one who frustrated me the most was James Milner. Of course, Lennon was the type of player that, if I wasn’t 100 per cent fit, would run behind me, and defender’s hate when a player runs behind. Lennon’s quick movement was difficult to play against, but yeah, it’s James Milner
2019 10 22b Retrieve
[Patrice Evra has revealed his agent thought it was a mistake for the Frenchman to join Manchester United after he was substituted after 45 minutes on his debut] When I played my first game with Manchester United, I ate some beans and pasta [before the game] and I feel really sick in my room. I was going to say to Sir Alex Ferguson, ‘Look I’m not ready to play’, but I was scared because they would say, ‘He’s not the man to play in the derby’. I play that game and get substituted after 45 minutes. I remember Ferguson was like, ‘Now you sit, you watch and you learn English football’. It was a tough time. Even my agent said we made a big mistake to sign you for Manchester United. But I was really strong mentally to prove everyone was wrong for myself, because I’m really proud and I did it
[The France international also revealed he is in talks with United over a non-playing role at the club while he works at Old Trafford to gain his coaching qualifications] I’m doing my coaching badges with Manchester United, but I want to make it clear because people think I am already working for United. There has been some talk but no, I am just doing my coaching badges. I know people are excited to see me back at the club. I’m having some important talks behind the scenes so we will decide if I will work for the club in a certain role or not. We will see.
2019 10 22c Retrieve
[Patrice Evra has told Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe that if he is going to make the grade in the Premier League, he will have to work on the physical side of his game] I think the big price tag doesn’t help, it puts pressure on. I think some fans don’t understand that it doesn’t mean that if we bought you for £70m or £100m you will score 30 goals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did but he has been playing for many years, he’s been scoring many goals for many years. So you have to give time to Pepe, I believe in this player. I think he just needs to realise the Premier League is completely different to the French league. He should be stronger so maybe he should go in the gym, build a massive body and you will see
[Evra believes that the next period of Pepe’s career will be a test of how strong his will is] I want to see if now mentally he will be strong enough, like myself. I came to Manchester, my first six months, even Paul Scholes would say he was thinking and joking ‘we should sell him back to AS Monaco’ but those things helped me, they made me stronger. When people were laughing at me and Vidic in a reserve game, some people were saying we are so poor but after we proved they are wrong. Why? Because I worked hard in the summer and we became the players we were. So let’s see if mentally Pepe will be ready but I believe in this player
2020 01 19 Retrieve
[Firmino’s disallowed goal following VAR intervention] It’s a foul. He’s touching De Gea with his head
2020 01 19b Retrieve
[Patrice Evra has revealed that Liverpool recently sent him a letter apologising for the race row with Luis Suarez nine years ago] First of all, I was really pleased, like Jamie Carragher apologised, and of course I received a personal letter from Peter Moore and I was really touched about it. He told me that he hopes it’s never too late because the incident happened nine years ago. I would say [I received the letter] like three days after the show, I was like: ‘Thank you very much, this letter has really touched my heart’.
I was really disappointed that such a big club like Liverpool would support a big cause like that, but now I can see that there are real people, honest people, working for this club and I even have more respect for Liverpool because they are fighting against problems for the human race.
So I was really pleased and I just said: ‘I hope you’re not going to win the league’, but it was like three months ago. Actually it was really important for me and, like I say, we have a big rivalry between us but this shows you that Liverpool is a top class club
2020 01 20 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra says Paul Pogba has become an unfortunate scapegoat at Manchester United] Paul, when he’s playing, people blame Paul; when he’s not playing, people blame Paul
I understand, but when you are a problem for the club… I give my example, when I kicked that fan in Marseille, the owner and the manager, they came and said: ‘Patrice, what are we going to do now?’ And I said: ‘I’m leaving.’ I don’t want to bring any negativity around the club, and right now, maybe it will be time for Paul to leave, because I remember when it was a big game, Liverpool vs Manchester United, people were talking more about Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.
This is insulting, for the two biggest clubs in the world to be talking about one player and one manager, that’s why sometimes I think it’s time, because when you play, they blame you, when you [don’t] play, they blame you
2020 02 21 Retrieve
[Evra reveals how he convinced Solskjaer to give Brandon Williams a chance at Man Utd] I’m doing my coaching badges at Manchester United, I go like two weeks per month to do my course, and someone sent me a video about Brandon. I was watching it and was like ‘Wow, he has got something I really love’. So, I saw him, and he was tough, and after the training session I went with the first-team and I saw Ole. I said, ‘Ole, do you know about that kid Brandon Williams?’. ‘Yeah, they say he is good’. I said, ‘Trust me Ole, since I left I can see he can play at left-back’. I said, ‘Please give him a chance’
2020 04 22 Retrieve
[Manchester United great Evra makes £250,000 NHS pledge] It was when I spoke to staff at Hillingdon Hospital in London and at Manchester Royal Infirmary that I realised we should do more to support the unsung heroes - the cleaners, porters, security staff, without whom the hospitals would not function. The work they are doing is vital, incredibly tough and often heartbreaking. They are working on the frontline while the rest of the country stays at home and we’ve got to give our support however we can. I am proud to partner with a company like Lineage Logistics that is stepping up to help launch this important project
2020 05 03 Retrieve
[Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra admitted he stopped celebrating league titles properly after Sir Alex Ferguson taught him to be a robot] I’ll be honest, when you start winning the third one, the fourth and the fifth, you celebrate but not the same way. You celebrate because of the cameras and stuff, but it’s not the same. Ferguson taught us all to be like a robot. I don’t think I was a human being playing for Manchester United. When we won games, when I was doing something good, I wasn’t pleased. For me, it was something normal. I always say that Deschamps taught me winning is important, but Ferguson taught me that winning is normal. I remember after big wins against Liverpool he just said, ‘Well done, son’. He was never screaming, apart from when we won the Champions League final. It was just something normal, winning the league
So every time I was putting this shirt on, and I know how many people have worn this shirt and won. Respect this tradition, the philosophy. I was like, ‘I can’t let down those people’. When you play for Manchester United, it’s not for you. You don’t use Manchester United, and because you’re a United player so you’re famous, you’re on social media. You play for United because you have to give to those people. I give you one example: once when we were in pre-season, and before we came on the bus, we were really tired, I’ll be honest with you, and there was a queue of fans. And the players were like: when no one signs, no one has to sign. So we went straight to the bus, everyone, and I look out the window and I see Sir Alex Ferguson signing each autograph. I swear he must have signed for like 45 minutes. He was signing [for] everyone. I say ,’Guys, when the boss comes on the bus, we are done.’ And he came on the bus, he gave us the hairdryer. ‘What the hell do you think you are?! Those people are paying your salary. Those people are coming to watch you. Now get the f*ck down there and sign.’ And we had to sign each fan. But that’s the mentality
2020 05 03b Retrieve
[Evra: I’m not scared to say that I’ve begged for money] I’ll be honest with you, it was a tough childhood because I’ve got many brothers and sisters, so it wasn’t easy living in the street. I was in Paris but living in the streets and sometimes I wasn’t even able to have some food. I remember my brother Dominique was working at a McDonalds and so I was going there and on his lunch break he was giving me his own food. I’m not scared to say that I’ve begged for money in front of shops. I’ve been in front of shops and when I’ve seen some people I’ve said, ‘Can I have a Euro?’ and sometimes they were giving me the money and sometimes not, just because I wanted to buy a sandwich. It was a tough time, but a happy time. I was always happy and always felt lucky, I wouldn’t change anything, I would keep it that way because it built the man I am. Some people, when you succeed they just see the end [result], they just see on the TV the superstar, but actually, on the streets, I learned so much and it helped me to be strong. Especially after the World Cup when I was the captain and a lot of people were blaming me but I was still strong because I know on the streets I had tougher times than then, with the press talking about you
I’m not a victim, I’m not feeling sad. I don’t want any people to give me much love, because I’m telling those things. I’m just telling my true story. I just want to motivate more kids to never give up no matter what will happen. If you believe you’re going to become someone, if you walk out, if you believe in yourself, you’re going to do it. That’s it
2020 05 04 Retrieve
[Evra reveals Liverpool apology nine years after Suarez racism] In the end, he admitted it and he was banned for eight games, and he had a massive fine. I remember after that, Liverpool played a game and they all wore the T-shirts saying ‘support Suarez’. He had been banned for racist abuse, had been fined and they support him that way. I was confused and upset. But, when I did the punditry on Sky and Jamie Carragher apologised after eight years, I was so surprised. He said they made a big mistake that day and he apologised. It really touched me and now I will respect Liverpool as a football club because, when this happened, I was really disappointed with the club. I received an email from the chairman of Liverpool apologising for what happened nine years ago. He said I was welcome to come to Liverpool if I need anything. It really touched me because it’s better late than never, but I was surprised that Liverpool supported that kind of attitude.
When you have those kind of problems, people around you just think you are crying. Even when I said: ‘You will see the report’, people thought I was still talking about it. I wasn’t still talking about it - I even named Suarez as Player of the Year that year. I could evaluate Suarez on the pitch and know the person he was. It was a tough, tough, tough time. I will never call Suarez a racist person, because I don’t know him personally. Even when we played in the Champions League final, when I was playing for Juventus, I shook his hand in the corridor and spoke to him. I forgive really fast
2020 05 05 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra says Sir Alex Ferguson claimed to be 99 per cent sure that Cristiano Ronaldo would return to Manchester United and Gareth Bale would join from Tottenham before heading into retirement in 2013] You know, you talk about the hardest moments [in my United career], I would say maybe this is the one. Two weeks before that, I remember there was a lot of media saying Ferguson will maybe retire next year, and he said, ‘Patrice, I will never retire. I will be here another 10 years’. He then said: ‘My target is I’m 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent’. And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said ‘yes’ to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this.
After two weeks, we were in the dressing room waiting. When we arrived at Carrington, I see all those cameras and I was like: ‘Wow, someone has done something wrong. Maybe a player is the story again! Someone has done something wrong, we are in trouble’. But we arrived and people said, ‘Guys, you have to stay in the dressing room because the boss wants to have a chat’. And when the boss came into the dressing room to talk to everyone, it’s never good news. He came, and he said, ‘I’m really sorry. Some people have said that I’m going to retire even before I say it myself. That’s why you saw all those cameras. But I will retire because my wife needs me’. He apologised to [Robin] van Persie, he apologised to Shinji [Kagawa], because he just brought them. He apologised to them especially
2020 05 05b Retrieve
[Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has revealed he received death threats from prisoners after the racism incident with then-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in 2011] Manchester United received so many threatening letters about me. People said: ‘We’re in jail, we’re Liverpool fans. When we get out, we’re going to kill you and your family’. For two months, I had security everywhere I went. They were sleeping in front of my house. Everywhere I went, the security followed me. It was a tough time, but I wasn’t scared. My family were scared: my wife and brother, but I wasn’t. I couldn’t understand why people hated me so much. They didn’t know the truth.
[Evra revealed he had to calm himself down to avoid sparking a physical confrontation with his Reds nemesis during the 90 minutes] I remember, during that game, I was talking to myself saying: ‘If you punch him now, people will see you as the bad one, people will forget about what he said’. I was talking to myself: ‘Don’t do… do it…’ I wasn’t focused for the game
[Liverpool also made their own apology years later - a gesture that Evra says he has great respect for] I received an email from the chairman of Liverpool apologising for what happened nine years ago. He said I was welcome to come to Liverpool if I need anything. It really touched me because it’s better late than never, but I was surprised that Liverpool supported that kind of attitude
2020 05 07 Retrieve
[Former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra has revealed how legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson once prepared the team to face Arsenal by telling the players: ‘don’t fck up my Sunday’ in his pre-match team talk]</b> I remember a game. It was sometime we were playing against Arsenal. It was Sunday, it was sunny, and the speech of Ferguson was like 15 seconds. He was like: ‘Guys, it’s Sunday, it’s really sunny outside. I don’t want no one to fck up my Sunday’. And you know if you missed a cross or something… You don’t want to be the person to do that! Don’t ruin his Sunday - it’s very important for him!
I remember when Van Persie came. He said: ‘Come on Patrice, come on, you have to motivate everyone, it’s an important game’. I was like, ‘Robin, don’t worry, those are my kids, we’re going to win easy’ - and we won! I made that comment when we won 3-1 at the Emirates. We scored that great goal in counter-attack with Ji-sung Park, [Wayne] Rooney and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, and the French journalists after the game were really like: ‘Oh, the result doesn’t reflect the philosophy of the game’. I was like: ‘Are you serious? I just feel like today was 11 men and against 11 babies’. After that it was in the paper. ‘Patrice is calling Arsenal babies!’. But it’s just the feeling… I respect so much this club, but it was just my feeling when I played against them - I know I’m going to win. I’ll be honest with you, I played against this player, and after 34 minutes they were asking: ‘Patrice, can we swap shirts at half-time?’ So I was like: ‘I’ve already won the game’
2020 06 20 Retrieve
[Harry Winks has come in for criticism from Patrice Evra for his role - or lack of a role - in Manchester United’s goal against Tottenham on Friday] It’s funny, people criticise Paul when he makes a mistake. I have got so much respect for Fred, for Scott [McTominay], but you can see the difference when Paul is on the pitch. This goal here, he has just destroyed Dier. I think maybe Dier saw an invisible fan! I am complaining as well about the number eight, Winks, because he is just looking at Dier being destroyed. He looks like he’s waiting for a cup of tea or something.
[The France international completed 18 of his 19 attempted passes, four of his six duels, and won possession five times for his side] I saw that anger [from Pogba], that appetite to show everyone that he is one of the best midfielders for Man Utd. Paul Pogba is one of the best players in the world and he has been training hard, training well but I need to make sure I look after everyone. We have the Europa League, FA Cup and Paul will gradually play more and a vital part.
2020 07 10 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes won a penalty despite looking like he committed the foul] In my opinion, it’s not a penalty. The defender is being a little bit clumsy but it shouldn’t be a penalty