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25/05/2013 09:58, Report by Alan Beck

Key men: Evra

Over the course of seven years, United fans have known what to expect from Patrice Evra: robust consistency, 50+ games a season and a stick-on place in Sir Alex’s strongest back four. What we haven’t seen, though, is goals.

It’s been a curious facet of his career, given that he’s a converted winger, but it took six seasons to accrue a mere three goals, whereas this season the Frenchman has comparatively let rip, netting four times.

As usual, he's up near the top of the appearance-makers chart and his link play with his partners on the left flank, be it Nani, Danny Welbeck or Ashley Young, remains as slick and sharp as ever.

Champagne moment: What should have been the crowning moment of Pat’s most influential display of the season – against Liverpool at home – ended up being credited to Nemanja Vidic via the merest brush of the Serbian’s forehead. But no matter, we’ll still give the props to Pat. His driven cross had been converted by RvP for the opener, but Evra has been a back-stick menace all season at free-kicks; his leap to get the decisive contact put the game beyond the Merseysiders’ reach.

Season in three words: Unlikely Red menace.

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