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Evra: This Has Been A Tough Year

Patrice Evra, whose form has been questionable this season, has claimed that this has been the hardest time he’s had since joining the club.

“What’s happened to me this year, personal things, have been really tough,” said Evra. “I know people will think I’m only saying this because we’ve lost the title but this is the most difficult season I’ve ever had for Manchester United. Before the game against Manchester City in October my dad called to tell me I’d just lost my brother. Nothing can be more difficult than that to find out before a big game. When you add the Suarez case as well, I am very proud of myself. I’ve been stronger mentally than ever before. To keep going and to play every game is just amazing. I know that’s not the way a Manchester United player should talk when you don’t win the league. It sounds like I’m finding an excuse. But it’s the truth. I don’t want to lie to people. This year has been so difficult.”

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  1. Corea says:

    @MG – it would be an awful summer for me if Nani is going to be sold! :-P

  2. CedarsDevil says:

    I still feel sorry for Rio though………As I said before I know how much playing for his country means to him and I respect that and worse still to be overlooked and have Terry chosen instead must really hurt..

    Forget about all that we love to hate about CLLC but on top of that he’s been crap of late while Rio has enjoyed one of his better seasons at United….

    The FA really sicken me, its not Uncle Woy I blame, he’s just another muppet

  3. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    I actually had some respect for Hodgson before I read this:

    “I’d have to be convinced he was better than the four I’ve selected, and that he’d be happy to come out of retirement.”


    How much convincing would it have to take? Even a football passerby can see that he has had a better season than Gerrard, Lampard and Parker. You’d have to be a really biased football fan to not see that. And you’d take fucking Henderson with you but not Carrick. Parker isn’t fit to lace Carrick’s boots. Here’s one, I can guarantee that Carrick would be a fit in the Spanish League, can you say the same about anyone else in the current England team? Um, No!

    Fuck Off Hodgson! Seriously, do one and just be done with it. But don’t give stupid fucking excuses like Rio was not selected for footballing reasons and you’d have to be convinced that Carrick is better than those fucking four you’ve taken with you.

    Anyways, a full-time Carrick for United is exactly what we need and I am happy for that.

  4. Corea says:

    @Balaji Sivaraman – didn’t he mean Scholes ?

  5. Corea says:

    @Balaji Sivaraman – pretty delicate one i guess. You should be available for your country no matter you are selected in the first 11 or not. But it is so hard to accomplish because everyone of them has his sense of self-pride.
    Certain Roy isn’t of the opinion that certain Michael Carrick has to play in the first 11 and can’t promise him that so at the end of the day everyone is reasonably happy, us the most.
    Carrick as a footballer isn’t a top starl ike certain Lampard and Gerrard, so as i said yesterday, at least mister Hodgson wouldn’t have to find excuses for not playing England “heroes”.

  6. MG says:


    It will be even worse when the whole team has to be sold because they didn’t win the premiership and then the horror of all horrors United won’t have any money to buy anybody and then we’ll be relegated until we become like the Harlem Globetrotters – in it for the money which will help us buy better players which hopefully should take us back to where we belong again!


    What a story :lol: Shame then for the ABU media it’s not going to happen.

  7. Corea says:

    Did Roy mean standby list for Carrick ? That’s a disgrace. But maybe he thinks Parker is more suited to a playing role alongside “England stars”.

  8. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    Corea, I am pretty sure he meant Carrick since it was in the same link. The article even said Hodgson said this of Carrick, so I am pretty sure he meant that.

    What you say is right, if we are talking about playing XI here? But Carrick isn’t even in the squad and he has been the best English mid-fielder by miles this season. Parker, Henderson etc. ahead of Carrick in the squad. That is a laugh mate. Gerrard and Lampard are no good either but at least they are stars, so you can understand why they would be picked. But those two ahead of Carrick is an absolute piss take.

    Carrick has every right to show the finger to England and ask them to fuck off by retiring.

  9. MG says:

    Sell Carrick sign unknown African player labelled next Makalele named twice Djemba Djemba


    We’ve done that one already


  10. Corea says:

    @Balaji Sivaraman – yes. he has every right. standby list for someone like Henderson. at 30+ with good season in the bag it’s a bad bad kick in the butt to say the least.

  11. Albert Ross says:

    “Less words more football” ?

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ! You’re a comical guy Costas, and I like it!

    Seriously though, how many more minutes is it that Patrice should have played?
    Unless you mean more time ‘playing football’ while on the field?
    Surely even when he’s ventured far forward, he’s still playing football?
    Some of the best football that we play.

    I suppose that it’s really just a manner-of-speech used to gently ask Pat to speak less.
    Tricky request really, as our Captain he is expected to answer questions.

    I really hope we don’t ask Pat to play ‘more football’ than he has been.
    He needs to play a little less, so that he can also have the benefit of being fresh sometimes.

    As for his interviews, I love them! To each his own I guess.

    I say: “More words less football Patrice!” and really mean it.

  12. Corea says:

    @Albert Ross – life is funny, no ? :D
    Each to their own. Cheers.
    PS. Pat isn’t our captain. Our captain is Vidic.

  13. Albert Ross says:

    Costas – reading my comment I realise it comes across far more dismissively than I meant it to.

    I probably laughed a bit too much!

    Anyway, I do dismiss that call for less talk more football, as undismissively I can.

  14. Albert Ross says:


    Life is a barrel of laughs, and on RoM we are all taps that gush humour with happy abandon!

  15. Albert Ross says:


    ps Evra captained United for the most of the season. Did you not see the armband?

    Do you really think that I don’t know that Vidic is the Club Captain?
    If not, your only stated point against my view has been debunked!

    This is fun, but pointless. I still think that Evra should talk a little more, and play a little less.

  16. Corea says:

    Yeah :) Still can’t remember Vidic talking a lot while being our captain ON THE pitch.
    And still. Funny enough, he guided us to the title.

  17. RedAlert260599 says:

    Pat – Top Man!

    Ken Dodd is to be named as the next Liverpool manager.
    This is because they won’t have to change the initials on his jacket and they won’t get laughed at as much. Hee hee!

  18. Albert Ross says:

    I know that Vidic is a great captain, especially on the pitch.

    Here’s hoping that he leads us all the way to No. 20 this season coming.
    I believe he will.

  19. iced earth says:

    Owen on Twitter
    “The Manager informed me after our testimonial match on Tuesday that the club would not be offering me a new contract.“I have loved every minute of the 3 years I have spent at such a fantastic club.“I would like to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish them well for the future.”

  20. Redbilly says:

    Redalert 10:05 hahaha x 100

  21. Redbilly says:

    Redalert- and he’s a smarter dresser.

  22. Redbilly says:

    They fired kenny to piss united off .

  23. Marq says:

    You people are still not getting it.

    Hodgson is looking to flop in the group stages, so that he can get sacked and pocket the compensation after 3 games =p

  24. WillieRedNut says:

    I second Costas. RoM loves suhayl! :P

  25. Corea says:

    2 big heads on RoM!

  26. RedAlert260599 says:

    Hold on – breaking news – there’s a new favourite for the Anfield job – Nick Griffi is 4/1. :-)

  27. Costas says:

    @Albert Ross

    Hi pal. I never made a less talking more football comment in reference to Pat. Recently there was a thread about Rooney saying we will win the title again next season. And I said “less talking about it, more doing it”. That’s not me implying that he or Pat haven’t played enough football or that they haven’t done it well. I meant that as nice as it is to hear our club fired up for next season, the real intent will reveal itself on the pitch.

  28. Corea says:

    @Costas – but it is pretty obvious, pal. It’s like “mad world” or “sun is shining” etc.

    I think the main problem is that they still confuse our nicknames))


  29. Corea says:

    @Costas – the real intent is still a real intent.
    One is to have an intent the other is to actually do it or make it happen.
    You may have an intent to visit OT once a year but unfortunately not a lot of us accomplish it.
    So the real intent is still there but it depends on the circumstances, the other 10 players, manager and of course what you can sacrifice in order to achieve the ultimate goal.
    It doesn’t matter what you said or intended to say. Pat had mediocre season. Any doubts ?

  30. WeAreUnited says:


    Yea you probably right, he took the actual offer so he didn’t betray us in that way, and yes maybe it is time for me to forgive him even more.

    it has been a crazy season, and rooney has scored and took us forward so, maybe it comes along the way, one moment like the one against City or against somebody else.

    I will try next season to become again a Wayne Rooney fan :) ))

    @ MG and for Nani

    has he signed???? I also think he has signed the extension? I hope so.

  31. Albert Ross says:


    Hello sir! I thought you had said it because Corea quoted you, and I vaguely remembered the actual post you now mention. Sorry about that! I guess I would have responded then, had your words been those quoted. I couldn’t address your actual words, for I agreed with them without being moved enough to actually state it.

    I should have addressed Corea as it was him who actually initiated ‘less talking more football’ (Corea – did we ever resolve that on-again-off-again-on-again gender bender? If not, no harm meant!) As it turns out, it doesn’t matter because Corea and I have disagreed quite amicably in your absence.

    Trusting all is good, and hoping you won’t think of me while firing at the shooting range!

  32. Corea says:

    @Albert Ross – yeah, my mistake)) But i didn’t put my words in quotation marks so no harm done.
    And as i say “like” Costas said i meant to paraphrase what he said because i also hadn’t actually remembered the exact thing he said. We say “you look like a really nice person” and it doesn’t mean that that person actually is.

    He put it without putting it into the context of Patrice Evra ot Wayne Rooney (even though it was the blog with Rooney’s quotes in it) but he actually voiced his opinion about Evra talking a bit too much in press.
    So i had my _tiny_ right to say it that way.
    Everything else is fun.

  33. Costas says:


    Nah, his season wasn’t his finest. And I am sure he wants to bounce back just like the rest of the players do. It’s something we’ve done before after losing the title. But we can’t just rely on our good track record. Next year will be a huge challenge and City will be even stronger.

    @Albert Ross

    No worries. It’s a non issue for me. I can see why a comment would be misintrpreted. It was of similar nature, but not the same.

  34. Corea says:

    @Costas – you are an exemplary supporter, my former buddy. A bit too academic i’m afraid but you with willie and a couple of others do make this blog. So no qualms for me.
    It’s a mad world and everyone is entitled to how they live their lives.
    It’s just a matter of getting into position of being honest with ourselves till we become too old.
    Cheers my former buddy.

  35. Albert Ross says:

    Corea – so what we’re saying is: what we said is what it is, until it isn’t.

    Isn’t it?

    It’s all pretty harmless banter of the vaguest nature anyway.
    I’m not sure what point I was trying to make, but I’m sure it was right.

    Wasn’t it?

  36. Corea says:

    Albert Ross – i guess we all agree that Vidic guided us to the tile without continuous talking off the pitch. :-P
    Everything else is a banter i am not good at)) As not being a native speaker and not practicing the language outside of RoM. And i haven’t been really active on here during the last 12 months.
    Cheers. :)
    PS. I know Patrice Evra will have a much better season next term! Hope with another player alongside him challenging him on the road!

  37. Albert Ross says:

    Corea – I think your banter has come on leaps-and-bounds, although it makes sense that time away from this english-based environment could set you back. Only temporarily though!

    Vidic talks less, that’s for sure. I’m not sure it makes a difference, other than if you don’t open your mouth, you can’t put your foot in it.

  38. OHH AHH Cantona says:

    Evra you’ve been muck this season. I don’t blame individual players for not winning the league but the full back areas where certainly our weak point this season. Stop praising yourself and cop on

  39. Nawaaz Casoojee says:

    Well form wise,I doubt that this has been his best season at the club,but he is still one of the better leftbacks around Europe. Mentally,Evras
    a strong individual and he is a big character in the dressing room. He has had his ups and downs like every other player,but for me the issue arises that he is probably our only real option at left back,so perhaps he is too comfortable. With Fabio being loaned out next season,I hope Sir Alex will bring in a young left back into the setup and whilst I don’t expect him to him just take over from Evra,that little added competition will definately improve Evras performances.
    Real Madrids Marcello and Coentrao are two of the best young left backs around,and I certainly hope that we attempt to sign either of them.
    Fabios development on loan will definately be monitored,but by the time he returns,I expect it to be even tougher to get into the first side.


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