Evra's photo with Sir Alex will make you smile

Monday 06 September 2021 15:13

Like every Manchester United fan, Patrice Evra loves Sir Alex Ferguson and our former left-back was clearly buzzing to have lunch with his beloved former manager on Monday.

The Frenchman lives in London with his young family but has been in the area for the last week while taking part in Soccer Aid, the charity football match that raises invaluable funds for UNICEF.

In case you missed our article on the event, Evra’s Rest of the World XI were triumphant over an England side that featured United legends Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney. David Beckham was also in attendance to present the trophy as part of his work for UNICEF.

Evidently, Patrice’s trip to Manchester would not have been complete without an audience with his old United boss Sir Alex, who signed him from AS Monaco in 2006 and famously helped him overcome a tricky start to become one of the most successful defenders in Reds history.

As you can see below below, Evra has compared Sir Alex to the Pope: “Me: We're going to have lunch with the Pope. Margaux Alexandra: Cool we going to Italy. Me: Nope he live in Manchester.”


If you have not listened to it already, Evra’s episode of UTD Podcast is a sensational and emotional insight into his illustrious playing career, charting his rise from the streets to the pinnacle of football.

When discussing his relationship with Sir Alex, Evra recalls his first season at the club and how he quickly developed the winning mentality that was nurtured by the boss. 

“I was like a kid,” admitted Patrice. “I remember I was in Mikael Silvestre’s house and we were watching a game - I think it was Chelsea and when they lost, we were champions. I started jumping around, and Mikael was looking at me thinking, ‘What is he doing?’. Because he’d already won four leagues and I was screaming and he told me to calm down. I think your first one is so amazing.

“I’ll be honest, when you start winning the third one, the fourth and the fifth, you celebrate but not the same way. You celebrate because of the cameras, but it’s not the same. Ferguson taught us all to be like a robot. I don’t think I was a human being playing for Manchester United. When we won games, when I was doing something good, I wasn’t pleased. For me, it was something normal.
“I always say that [Didier] Deschamps taught me winning is important, but Ferguson taught me that winning is normal. I remember after big wins against Liverpool, he just said, ‘Well done, son’. He was never screaming, apart from when we won the Champions League final.”