Patrice Evra lifted his first trophy as Manchester United captain, after Gary Neville started the match on the bench, as well as Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand missing the game through injury.

Our French full back has today revealed his pride in being the captain and becoming the second Frenchman after Eric Cantona to lift a trophy for us.

“Being the second Frenchman to lift a trophy for United, after Cantona, is a great pride,” said Evra. “I want to thank the manager, the players and the staff. They believe I have the soul of a leader. I was not looking after that, but if I have been given the armband, I get it.”

Evra, who has played in every single Premiership game this season, is pleased with the relationship he has with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, although concedes that he still gets in trouble when he messes up.

“He told me: ‘Pat, you are part of that team’s leaders, you are my captain, it is up to you take on.’ I was so proud,” Evra continued. “We have a very good relationship, but don’t talk about daddy’s boy! As long as I do my job, we can laugh, but the day I miss a match, I get a hair dryer.”

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