Patrice Evra has easily been in our top three most consistent performers so far this season. He has certainly pulled his weight in our exceptional defence, but has added significantly to our attack as well. Since his derby day debut nightmare, he has gone from strength to strength, and shown himself as arguably the best left back in Europe.
Today however, he had a nightmare of a match. Lennon was given all the room in the World as he burst in to our penalty area, Evra backing off him and allowed him to get closer to the goal. The England winger slotted in Robbie Keane in effortlessly, putting United 1-0 down on 24 minutes.
Thankfully, United pulled a goal back before half time, but a couple of minutes after the restart, should have gone 2-1 down. Aaron Lennon was on the ball again, and against Evra failed to deal with it. Lennon twisted and turned, leaving Evra on the deck. He lay on his front and watched Lennon run in the box, setting up Robbie Keane again, who this time fired on to the roof of the net instead of finding the back of it.
The booking Evra picked up in the first half rules him for derby day on the 10th, meaning we’ll be playing Brown and O’Shea as fullbacks, if Vidic has returned from his virus.
I’m a big fan of Evra. I think he’s a brilliant player and has proved himself as a valuable part of our first team. But the sooner he puts today behind him the better!
How did you rate Evra today?