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Evra: I’ve Always Fought For My Place

Patrice Evra, who is popular amongst the fans at Old Trafford because of the way he talks about the club, has been poor for United for a couple of seasons now.

Whilst he could once boast to being the best left back in the league, he is some way short of that title now.

An argument to explain his poor form could be just how much he has played for United over the years. Last season he played in 37/38 league games and a total of 47, the season before it was 35/38 league games and a total of 48, and before that 38/38 league games and a total of 51.

With Fabio playing at QPR on loan, United signed Alexander Büttner to provide him with some competition for his spot, who enjoyed an excellent debut against Wigan.

Evra claims that this will make no difference to his attitude though, as he has always fought to be first choice at United.

“Football is like a pyramid,” he said. “It is easy to reach the top of the pyramid but to stay there is the hardest part. It is too easy for people to say that now we have bought another left back Patrice Evra will have to fight for his place. Patrice Evra has always fought for his place. If someone is there or not I will fight because you have to respect the shirt. When you play for Manchester United that is the big challenge. When I hear people say Patrice never had someone to fight him for his place I think they have bad memories. They forget very quickly how I got to become Manchester United’s left-back. I fought with two great players in Gabriel Heinze and Mikael Silvestre.”

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  1. Gopher Brown says:

    Samuel – Silvestre was with us for 9 seasons. I can recall in that whole time he had one decent performance, away at Leeds in 2002/3. He was fast which got him out of a lot of bother as his positioning and passing were very poor and the only reason why we persevered with him for so long was because he was happy being a squad player, in fact he probably preferred it when he wasn’t playing cos then he couldn’t make mistakes.

    I liked it when he nutted Ljungberg and got sent off, but you must admit he was shite.

  2. Gopher Brown says:

    I meant the 2000/1 season.

  3. United Till I Die says:

    Fuck what you thought! Paddy is the man! You’d think he hasn’t earned every single winners medal he’s won at United? Ha, as if we’ve carried him at LB for all these years and not the other way around. You don’t appreciate what you’ve got till its gone, so supporters writing him off should enjoy their ignorance while they can. Buttner has huge shoes to fill and don’t delude yourselves otherwise.

  4. Nesh says:

    so since Vidic is out for 2 months am assuming Evra gets back the armband for the time being….I really dont Mind Evra being captain because he is actually a leader who leads by example, but I always think the Armband weighs very heavily on him hence the dip in performances. anybody else thinks the same?


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