Evra slams Woodward’s desperate attempts to force Man Utd extension

Date published: Monday 24th August 2020 11:30 - Jonny Whitfield

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra says he felt “betrayed” by the club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, over his handling of his Old Trafford exit.

Evra cut ties with United in 2014 after a trophy-laden eight year spell under Alex Ferguson. He joined Juventus, agreeing to play under Antonio Conte on a two-year deal.

Ex-France star Evra’s departure came shortly after United extended his contract by a further year. The former left-back did not force his way out of the club, with the Red Devils eventually allowing him to leave early.

However, speaking to The Guardian, Evra has now revealed how Woodward attempted unsuccessfully to salvage their relationship.

“I felt betrayed by Ed,” the Frenchman said. “I called Juventus to tell them I am coming. Ed then said: ‘We offer you a two-year contract, more money, the captaincy, a testimonial.’ Too late [to reject Juventus].”

Evra left United as the club sacked David Moyes following a poor first season in charge. Louis van Gaal then stepped into the hot-seat after the 2014 World Cup, but did not fare much better.

Patrice Evra, Lionel Messi

Evra, meanwhile, featured in the Champions League final for Juventus in 2015.

He added: “My ex-wife said: ‘See? Manchester are nearly in the Championship and you’re in this final.’ I love Juventus but I said: ‘Even if they’re in the Championship, I prefer to be at United. Nothing can replace my love for them.’”

United, despite winning the FA Cup and Europa League under Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, failed to hit the heights of Ferguson.

After a turbulent first 12 months, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has guided United back into the Champions League.


Bruno Fernandes

January signing Bruno Fernandes proved the catalyst in United finishing in the top four last season.

Elsewhere in his interview, Evra detailed his influence in helping his former side sign the Portuguese midfielder.

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