Ever-popular defender Patrice Evra helped United to win the club's 19th league championship shortly before celebrating a milestone birthday. Now, as he enters his 30s, the full-back insists his team can win more titles...
What were your feelings after winning the league?
It was a great feeling and it’s a massive achievement. When you play for Manchester United your target is always to win the league. Losing it by a point last season was difficult to accept and I felt like I had not done my job properly. This year there is a big satisfaction. A lot of people have criticised us – I remember some saying earlier in the season that it was the end of the empire. There were some difficult times – if you look back to when we played Bursaspor [at Old Trafford in October], we were behind in the league and there were things going on off the pitch, but I remember doing an interview after that game where I said: “You have to pay the musician to the end of the show, not now.” I always believed and I was proved right because we won the league.
What did Sir Alex say to you all after you had secured the title?
He was so happy – and we were all really pleased for him. After we lost at Arsenal he asked everyone whether or not they wanted to win the 19th title and break the record? “How many opportunities are you going to miss?” he said. “You’re going to regret it if you don’t win it.” I was so pleased we got the point we needed at Blackburn, because if we hadn’t I think we would have got the hairdryer!
What can you tell us about the celebrations that night?
The celebrations were very special for me as it was my 30th birthday the next day. I’d asked the players to give me a good present and winning the league was the perfect one! I remember when I won my first title with United, I was round at Mikael Silvestre’s house and he had a bottle of champagne to mark each title he had won. Now I have the same which is fantastic. But I want another four. Our aim every year is to win the league and we won’t stop here.
You’re now on the way to catching up Giggsy’s haul of medals…
[Laughs] It’s going to be very difficult to do that. I’d have to play for another eight years and win every year – but why not? Giggsy is a legend, and if I can get anywhere near him it would be amazing.