Evra claims ‘mystery man’ prevented Man United return

Date published: Saturday 4th February 2017 10:51

Patrice Evra: Almost returned to United

Patrice Evra: Almost returned to United

Patrice Evra almost returned to Manchester United last month, but he claims a mystery person blocked his homecoming.

Evra, 35, held talks with United boss Jose Mourinho and would have been “delighted” to return to Old Trafford, but he says his return was given the red light from someone inside the club.

Instead Evra signed with ambitious Ligue 1 side Marseille on an 18-month deal after asking his agent to look at alternative deals.

“I was very close to a return to Manchester United,” Evra told Sky Italia on Friday.

“I also spoke with Mourinho but there was a person, whose name I will not say, who probably did not like the idea of my return.

“Even the fans were enthusiastic and would have been delighted, but because I realised that they [the club] would not do anything I then asked my agent to look for other teams.

“Marseille immediately won me over with their project and immediately created a great feeling.

“We only spent one day to close the deal. They really treated me like a God, making it clear they had a great need for me.”

Evra, who won five Premier League titles and a Champions League title with United, left Juventus after two-and-a-half years with the Italian champions.

He signed for the Old Lady in the summer of 2014 for a bargain fee of just £1.5million.

The France international, who had not been included in the Juve squad since the winter break, admitted he still has “respect” for Juventus boss Max Allegri.

“I have huge respect for the boss,” Evra said.

“In fact, it hurt me a bit when people said I left because of Allegri. We had talked, and in my opinion he’s a great coach and he proved that to me two years ago against Borussia Dortmund.

“He made a presentation for me that, when I got to the Dortmund game, for the first time in my career everything that he said happened on the day of the match.

“He’s very positive, he doesn’t like stress. I think he’d do well in England, because I’ve always said they lack tactical discipline in England.

“That’s why an Italian coach is crucial. We saw that with [Claudio] Ranieri and now [Antonio] Conte. I think Chelsea will win the League.

“If the boss [Allegri] goes there I don’t see why he wouldn’t do well.”

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