Patrice Evra has reflected back on his final weeks at Manchester United before learning that Sir Alex Ferguson was set to retire at the end of the season.
I remember we talked maybe two weeks before and he said, “Patrice, I will be here for another five years”. I said “Yes boss. Let’s do it”. I was so convinced. He was looking younger and younger. He even told me “99 per cent, Cristiano Ronaldo will come”. I was like “wow, we are ready to bounce back and to even win the Champions League again”. After that everyone knows what happened. You know when you are lost and you feel like the world is crumbling? It was a big trauma. It felt lost.
Made in Manchester is available for just £5. It includes 30 articles from the country's best football writers about graduates from the Manchester United academy. All profit goes to Trafford Macmillan so please support this fantastic cause.