Patrice Evra reveals he knew Manchester United stars ‘would eat David Moyes alive’ after he ‘asked them to teach him how to win’, as he opens up to life at Old Trafford, and wants to leave after just 18 months .
- Patrice Evra has opened up about her career in her new book, I Love This Game
- The 40-year-old has lifted the lid on his life with David Moyes at Manchester United
- The Frenchman also reveals his anger at missing the 2007 FA Cup final
Patrice Evra opened up at the time he first thought David Moyes would be ‘eaten alive’ at Manchester United after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.
Moyes took on the daunting task of following one of the most prestigious coaches in the game’s history in 2013, but he didn’t last the season at Old Trafford.
Now at West Ham, Moyes has done an impressive job in East London and Evra is not surprised to see the Scotsman do well.
Patrice Evra has opened up her brilliant career in her new book I love this game
Evra claims Davis Moyes told the United team they should show him how to win
Evra said he knew from then on that Moyes would be ‘eaten alive’ at United
Evra’s book, I love this game, premieres on October 28
But he still regresses as he recalls one of his first conversations with the team at United.
Talking to The times, where you preview your new book I love this gameEvra said: ‘I’m not surprised Moyes is doing well at West Ham. I know how much the players like it.
But when he got to Old Trafford and said; “Guys, I know you win everything and you will have to teach me:” I was like, my God, you should never do that, they are going to eat you alive. “
Moyes won 27 of his 51 games at the helm of United, lost 15 and drew nine. But while Evra enjoys a flourishing relationship with Moyes’ predecessor Ferguson, it hasn’t always been easy to navigate between the two.
Evra was knocked down by Ferguson for the 2007 FA Cup final against Chelsea, which the London side won 1-0 after extra time with Didier Drogba scoring four minutes before the game had gone to penalties.
“That was really painful,” Evra said. “The only trophy I didn’t win in England was the FA Cup, so it was even worse.
Evra has a close relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson, but in 2007 he was furious about being eliminated for the FA Cup final, which United eventually lost 1-0 to Chelsea.
It was a day to forget completely for United as they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea at Wembley.
Evra said he didn’t even shake Ferguson’s hand because of how upset he was.
‘I couldn’t help the team. I heated for 80 minutes. I was close to finishing my career at Manchester United.
‘I didn’t shake hands with Alex Ferguson afterwards. I’m happy to die in the battle, but I have to be in the battle. ‘
Evra, now 40, ended up staying at United for another seven years, eventually leaving for Juventus in 2014.
He won five Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup titles and three League Cups during his time in Manchester.
He later spent stints with Marseille and West Ham before finally announcing his retirement in 2019.
I love this game by Patrice Evra, to be published by Simon & Schuster on October 28 at £ 20