Evra explains why Milner was a tougher opponent than Messi

Date published: Tuesday 22nd October 2019 10:14

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Patrice Evra has surprisingly named James Milner as his toughest opponent because of his ability to turn both ways.

The former Manchester United defender, who is helping coach the club’s U18s, appeared on Sky Sports on Monday night and he spoke on a range of subjects.

Evra, 38, who commented on the infamous racism spat with Luis Suarez, was asked about his toughest career opponent.

Evra told Sky Sports: “James Milner. I played against Messi many times in the wide position, and I won’t say he’s easy to mark, but I could deal with it.

“It’s when he goes central, that’s when he’s dangerous because he can turn on the right or left.



“James Milner, only because he could frustrate me because I’m an attacking defender and he’s following me everywhere and challenging me in the air and I would just get frustrated sometimes. ‘Just go and attack and leave me alone!’

“When I was playing the derby against Manchester City, I had him and then he went to Liverpool and I had him again. So yeah, the one who frustrated me the most was James Milner.

“Of course, Lennon was the type of player that, if I wasn’t 100 per cent fit, he would run behind me, and defender’s hate when a player runs behind. Lennon’s quick movement was difficult to play against, but yeah, it’s James Milner.”

Evra spent eight years at Old Trafford winning five Premier League titles, three League Cups and a Champions League during his stay.



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