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Evra: I explained Munich Air Disaster to Januzaj

Patrice Evra has reflected on United’s recent trip to the Busby Babe memorial, as well as his goal against Bayern Munich, again spelling out what a special player he is.

“It was an emotional day, the day before the game,” he told the official site. “Everyone had been to the Munich memorial, where the plane had crashed with the Busby Babes. It was amazing. I was talking with a young player like Adnan Januzaj and telling him, ‘These people were like us, they were on a plane going to play a football game.’ And at the end they never see their families again. I always pray before games, I pray every day – to save my family, I even sometimes pray for my enemy. But I asked, ‘Can I give something for the Busby Babes’. I didn’t say a goal, but just to make sure we played for them in that game. That’s why when I scored that goal, you can see I was really emotional, I was angry. I couldn’t believe it. That’s my little secret – and now everyone knows that secret. In the end we went out of the competition and that is why I was really disappointed, but it was a special moment for me.”

It’s hard to think of many players, particularly those not from Manchester, who seem to get this club as much as Evra does.

Let’s hope that our paths cross again in the future, even if he does leave this summer.


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83 Comments

  1. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    All of s sudden options are opening everywhere. Possibility Guardiola could be sacked which would put us in a right pickle as far as choosing a new manager is concerned.

    But like John pointed out, i’d stick to my guns and still choose Van Gaal to be honest. The fact that City people have to come out and say that all players hate him tells you they are worried. hahaha.

    Can’t see Guardiola going anywhere else right now as almost no truly big time positions are open. Probably take another sabbatical if he’s sacked. But I honestly CANNOT see why they would sack him. Do they expect to win the treble every year? That’s got to be the most draconian expectation placed on a manager EVER. They won the league by a mile. They’re in the German cup final and they got to the semis again this year. I’s say that’s a pretty good year.

  2. NBI Red 21 says:

    More on LVG – http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/may/01/manchester-united-louis-van-gaal-mehmet-scholl

    Interesting write up, I will take 2 years of winning/competing and youth development from him if he delivers that. Rooney etc can go, we have young talent maybe he can do the business with them.

  3. slim says:

    Wait what? Swap RVP for Balotelli. Thats just stupid. He’s being found out for the fraud he is in Italy. All for getting fresh talent and new blood but that guy ain’t worth the trouble. Hopefully its just journo’s getting giddy over the looming transfer window. Can’t say why any one would like that to happen though.

  4. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    He has problems with players with big egos who refuse to listen to instructions and want to do it their own ways (Basically Wayne Rooney). I’ve read articles that say that he gets along really well with players who are willing to follow rules and that he does allow a bit of leeway if you get on his good side.

    The most important thing for me is we need to improve our technique on the ball AS A TEAM. Apart from Mata and maybe Kagawa, the rest of the squad is below par on the ball. Van Gaal does 100% of the training ON THE BALL. It is a very important skill to have in this day and age. We’ve got to be able to use the ball better than we have in recent years. If he can offer us that then I would take him immediately here. Guardiola can offer that as well.

  5. Chris says:

    @dannysoya: And we need more pace throughout the side.

  6. Marko Maric says:

    I was training alone for one week. They told me to go in the gym. I said, ‘I am not an athlete, I am a footballer.’”

    Hahahha Pogba is a KING! wayne – confirm hahaha

  7. wayne barker says:

    it looks like the Van Gaal signing is pretty well a done deal odds have gone from 4/6 to 1/12 in a week,what the hell does it mean his style is very difficult and turns players against him and that he’s tough?does he expect players to train and play hard,god forbid

  8. Marko Maric says:

    @Danny soya…what is the worst, jerks from Bayern really expect treble this season. Where would Pep work? Spain – nowhere
    Germany – if not Bayern, then nowhere
    France – Monaco, PSG
    England – Citeh, Chelski…other clubs can t coz they dont have funds

    Pep didn t prove himself like Mo, Ancelotti or LVG…so can t understand that ypu think, he is world class…wold class would pick United over BAyern, any time. If you believe in youself, ypu wpuld like challange. Bayern is not challange, he didn t evolve…

  9. Marko Maric says:

    @Danny Pep can offer us endless work with the ball…nothing else…

  10. Mark Reid says:

    LVG will be a derisive figure no doubt.Its like being a kid waiting for a new teacher RVP already knows what he’s about so it’ll be no problem for him.The young players are sure to benefit I think everyone is wondering what the reaction of one Mr Rooney will be,he will probably be fine we will have to see.One thing for sure he will shake things up just looking at him frightens me.

  11. slim says:

    Pep can offer a whole lot more than endless hogging of the ball. This things take time and he’s still relatively young in the game. I think people need to calm down and lot let the result of the moment dictate their opinions.

  12. Paschal Agwunobi says:

    LVG is what united needs.not a pep, pep only goes to well established teams. Am sure he wouldn’t have to united if offered the job.but am not sure if Fergie ever offered him the job, cos Fergie was thinking of his mid-table aka ‘chosen one’( football genius). And the football genius took the defending champions to 7th position.

  13. Marko Maric says:

    My opinion is that Scholl said very objective things about LVG. But journalist took only bad. They need to sell papers. He said good and bad things about him. Guy is not perfect. But that is good coz Rooney can preapre himself hababa i can already imagine his face, like a woman who didn t get the shoes she wanted hahaah if SAF was tough, this one is tougher hahha

  14. Marko Maric says:

    “but am not sure if Fergie ever offered him the job, cos Fergie was thinking of his mid-table aka ‘chosen one’( football genius). And the football genius took the defending champions to 7th position.”

    Hahahah

  15. trevor knightsmith says:

    But I think its all paper bollocks

  16. Ezzerguru says:

    Love Patrice Evra. I personally think he’s got a couple of seasons left in him so hope he stays. He plays way too many games mind and a few less should increase his performance levels.

    I also think he could play a bit higher up the pitch and do a brilliant job.

    On the manager debate I love Pep, but he’s not the right man for United in my opinion. LVG short term ideally grooming Giggs to takeover.

  17. Marko Maric says:

    If this is truh, then Giggs act like ofended primadonna…he should stay and learn fro LVG
    @Paschal few years ago when SAF was asked who is going to be next United manager and he said Moyes. I thought it was a joke…but in the end, bad joke…

  18. edcunited1878 says:

    If Giggs is to be a future manager, regardless if it’s at United, he needs to actually manage somewhere. Many look at Giggs as he’s the sentimental pick, but I’d rather go with Ole Gunnar if I had to choose between the two.

    Also, if Cardiff go down, I’d see if they are willing to sell Caulker or Medel. Those two would be good options for United, especially Caulker.

  19. Paschal Agwunobi says:

    @ marco maric: lol, it’s true.or am I telling lies? Ask SAF, he knows better.

  20. m09538061 says:

    Making sense what Sir Alex Ferguson was trying to do,not moving forward just negative football to get that 20th title, which yes was good but leaving the club weak for the future.

  21. Dean Devaney says:

    Evra just made me love that goal even more! Great to see the older players explaining to the younger ones who and what United is!

  22. edcunited1878 says:

    And also, not sure if this has been said here yet…

    Happy Birthday David Beckham.

    #Legend #Legendof7

  23. Teezed says:

    i think people are overlooking the other part of what scholl said….that van gaal is a genius and will gurantee success. so he doesnt have good relations with egos…mmmm did fergie?or was i dreaming when he sold beckham , stam and rvn when they go to big for their shoes? if fergie didnt retire u can gurantee that rooney wouldve left in the summer so add that to the case too.

    LVG is the perfect choice…these players need a disciplinarian and a manager who can elevate them to the next level in terms of technical ability and dedication

    he will also get rid of no hopers such as young, clev, fellaini and i think a few others who arent good enough will bugger off too.

    LVG all the way

  24. Fletch™ says:

    edunited Who? ;)

  25. Fletch™ says:

    Fantastic Data Table on Wages to turnover in the epl. Top work from John Swain.

    End of discussion on whether United could be spending more on players.
    Could surely be doing more with their funds.

    Think this table will look very different next year!

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/may/01/premier-league-club-accounts-debt-wages

  26. Gary Mitrovic says:

    Teezed, yes you’re right. I read the whole article of what Mhemet Scholl said and he said a lot of good things about Van Gaal and spoke very highly of him. Skysports though run with the headline along the lines of ‘Scholl has Van Gaal doubts’ they always try and give it a negative spin as per usual. Scholl mentioned that some players might find it difficult under Van Gaal. What’s new? No matter who the new manager is not every player is going to personally like him.

  27. EC7 says:

    I’m probably going to get shot down for this but I’d give Cleverly the last chance saloon with LVG in charge. Reading about his coaching methods, LVG likes to concentrate on the technical aspects of the game in training and this in my opinion can only help a player like TC. When he first broke into the team in 11/12 he was sharp, playing quick balls and had good movement. Unfortunately he then got injured. The following year he was steady and played a more disciplined role in the team. Under Moyes he totally regressed and looked totally out of sorts admittedly. I have a feeling under LVG, he’d improve his game no end. He’s been linked with a move to Everton and I bet if he moved to a side with a manager with a playing style like Martinez, he would look a totally different player to the one we’ve seen this season. He needs a massive confidence boost (especially after the England fan petition) and LVG could be the man to give it to him.

  28. EC7 says:

    That was @ Teez btw who said TC was a no hoper.

  29. Marko Maric says:

    Actually i CAN’T imagine, when LVG comes..that some players will have time to get to the training. They will be move from the club before he comes :)

  30. Marko Maric says:

    Did Eden Hazard Criticise Chelsea In Post Match I…: http://youtu.be/CR1GUHlkdGE

  31. Teezed says:

    @EC7

    tom cleverly had 3-4 good games that year then he got injured. He never really recovered and was pretty poor even last year. this year he has been horrendous. He might get a chance under LVG but i dont think anyone will be too upset if he gets sold. Hes a tidy player when he wants to be, but doesnt have the passing range and technical ability to become a iniesta or even a wilshere (who is better than him despite not really fulfilling his potential).

    He has good short passes but cant pass a ball over 20 yards to save his life,and hes awfully weak. He was the weak link in our team vs norwich and consistenly lost the ball. I personally think hes not good enough. Fletch got flak from fans back in the day but u could always see he had the passing range and was a workhorse. He was destined to be a really good midfielder due to his hard work and dedication. Clevz doesnt have any of that.

    Personally id luv to see him get chucked and lingard promoted and developed. He has much more talent imho

  32. Tommy says:

    Paddy is a proper red, he gets United more than most players, If he does leave it will be a sad day for United, I would be inclined to give him a one year deal just for his experience

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