Patrice Evra vs ChelseaPatrice Evra was thrown in at the deep end when he joined Manchester United for a mere £5.5 million, making his debut in the Manchester derby. He had a dreadful game, as did most of our players that day, and was subbed off at half time in our 3-1 defeat.

The press were quick to criticise Ferguson’s decision to sign the Senegalese fullback, starting to reel off the names Bellion, Djemba-Djemba and Kleberson in the same breath. However, as the season progressed, so did Evra’s ability, and when Gabriel Heinze returned from injury during the following season, was kept out of the team by Evra.

He has now emerged as one of, if not the greatest left back in Europe. Able to attack as confidently as he defends, he is a real asset to the club, and over the season so far, has arguably been our greatest player. He’s made the difference for us time and again this season and the transfer fee is starting to make Evra look like one of Fergie’s greatest ever bargains.

Patrice has today spoken out about his feelings towards Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming the fiery Scot is like everybody’s dad when off the field, but something else when they’re playing. “When it comes to Alex Ferguson I just want to thank the Lord. Whatever may happen in the future, I have been trained by Alex Ferguson. When we leave the pitch he’s like everybody’s dad. But when it’s game time, wow. The club owes him a lot. When he eventually leaves it will not be easy. But that won’t happen too soon – he’s told us seeing us play makes him feel younger.”