|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 08 03 Retrieve
[Patrice Evra tells a bizarre story about how he dealt with a foot injury earlier in his career] An opponent had stamped on my foot and damaged it badly. In the 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
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