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.”