Patrice Evra has proved a very popular player in his time at Old Trafford, dominating the left-back position with his consistent performance levels and endearing himself to the fans with his passionate persona.
United beat Liverpool, Arsenal and Inter Milan to the Frenchman's signature in January 2006 when Sir Alex Ferguson splashed the cash to shore up his defence, also bringing in the talismanic Nemanja Vidic.
Although only 24 at the time, Patrice had already been capped five times for France and was club captain at Monaco, where his reputation as an intelligent, attack-minded full-back had already been established. In fact, he was a big success at the club, having won the 2003 French League Cup before reaching the 2004 UEFA Champions League final under manager Didier Deschamps, who was admittedly a big influence: "He transmitted to me the bug of winning at any price."
After arriving at Old Trafford, Evra made his debut during a 3-1 Manchester derby defeat at Eastlands and struggled for form until the 2006/07 campaign, when the French star helped United win the Premier League and claimed a place in the