There has been mounting pressure on Evra of late, with the French left back failing to reach previous heights. The stand in captain has held his place in the United first team, seeing off challenges from various players, but getting on in age he faces a new challenge from Dutch new boy Alexander Buttner.
But having been here before, Patrice is feeling little pressure and plans to continue doing what he has been:
“Football is like a pyramid.
“It is easy to reach the top of the pyramid but to stay there is the hardest part.
“It is too easy for people to say that now we have bought another left back Patrice Evra will have to fight for his place. Patrice Evra has always fought for his place.
“If someone is there or not I will fight because you have to respect the shirt. When you play for Manchester United that is the big challenge.
“When I hear people say Patrice never had someone to fight him for his place I think they have bad memories, they forget very quickly how I got to become Manchester United’s left-back. I fought with two great players in Gabriel Heinze and Mikael Silvestre.”