Patrice Evra got his Manchester United career off to a dreadful start as he was substituted in the first half on his debut against Manchester City back in 2006 with United suffering a 3-1 defeat.
According to Evra, after his disastrous debut game, his agent Federico Pastorello told him that he was not good enough to make it at ‘The Red Devils’ and in many ways, that Manchester Derby game was the beginning of the long great career for the Frenchman at United.
“’Oh my God, you’re so done Patrice. You should go back to Monte Carlo’. I remember thinking that and the worst part is when the game was finished.
“We went back to my flat with my agent and his wife and my agent looked at me like and said, ‘Patrice, I’m sorry.’ I was like, why? ‘I’m sorry to bring you here. You’ll never make it, it’s too hard. You should stay in Monte Carlo.’ In front of his wife. That day was so bad, so embarrassing,” said Evra.
The former Man United left-back went on to win five English Premier League (EPL) titles, three League Cups, five Community Shields and the UEFA Champions League making 379 appearances, netting 10 goals and proving 40 assists in his nine-year-old stay at Old Trafford to become a club legend. He even captained the on several occasions.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi