Another reason for you to love Patrice Evra.
“When I arrived in England, I had the impression that I was doing a new job because of the impact of the stadiums and the supporters. There it’s a religion,” said Evra. “We don’t lose on purpose, nobody does that, we all go out there to win. In three years at United I have just lost two games on the trot for the first time, I understand that we have to win the next game. But even when we’ve lost, they’ve still applauded us, not booed. I’m at a great club. When you have 76,000 people behind you, it gives you a massive boost.”
Evra believes the support he receives at International level pales in comparison with that at United.
“I was disappointed to see the fans shouting ‘ola’ when the Argentinians were doing their tricks,” he added. “Tevez, when he came back from international duty, told me he felt as if he was playing in Buenos Aires. There were Maradona and Argentina flags in the stands. I still haven’t seen a Henry flag or a Ribery one at the Stade de France. The supporters need to be behind us. If they want us to get to the World Cup they will need to do something different.”
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. Everyone who buys a copy enters a competition to win the new home shirt. All profit goes to Trafford Macmillan so please support this fantastic cause.