Never judge a book by its cover, so says the famous quote. This is one that certainly means a lot to Manchester United whenever Patrice Evra is mentioned.
The French left-back arrived at Old Trafford in the January transfer window of 2005/06 alongside Nemanja Vidic.
Ironically, his first game was an absolute shocker; he was shunted off at half-time against Manchester City in a Premier League game away at Manchester City. He looked absolutely terrible, with Sir Alex Ferguson stating that throwing him in such and important game so soon was a mistake on his part.
He used the first half season to adapt to the rigours of playing in the Premier League, and in his prime, only Chelsea’s Ashley Cole could be compared to him. He was effective in both attacking and defensive situations, making impressive displays on the left side of the pitch and establishing himself as an undisputed starter at the club. His relationship with the fans was also wonderful, as he absorbed in the Mancunian culture and enjoyed living in the city.
It is to his testament that in the four years since he left the Theatre of Dreams, we still have been unable to adequately replace him as the likes of Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young have all failed to match his levels in terms of consistency.
He will be forever be remembered for his undisputed joy at playing for United and for giving his all across 379 appearances in eight years. After winning 10 trophies (15 if we were to count the Community Shield) as well as captaining the team on some occasions, he is up there with Denis Irwin, Tony Dunne, Arthur Albiston and Roger Byrne as one of the best left-backs this club has ever had.
Tribute to Evra, a Manchester United legend.