Patrice Evra has said he is relishing the challenge provided by Alexander Buttner, and thinks that the threat to his place will bring out the best in him.
Buttner was brought in during the summer and scored on his debut against Wigan, leading to talk of the Dutchman replacing Evra but Evra has since risen to the challenge. His displays have improved defensively as well as offensively, with 6 assists and 4 goals this season.
Speaking to Inside United, the French international vowed to help his understudy but will use the threat to step his game up:
“I love it when people start to doubt me and think, ‘Maybe Patrice might lose his place’, because it makes me think, ‘Okay, we will see.’
“I remember when Alex arrived and he scored against Wigan and people started to say, ‘Pat might lose his place’. I have been challenged by (Gabriel) Heinze, (Mikael) Silvestre… sometimes you need that.
“I will always try to help Alex to become a better player because I have more experience and can help him do things better for United.
“But on a selfish point I am happy with that challenge, because I know I will have to fight every time to get my place on the team.”