“If I rest, I will die”

Patrice Evra has revealed that he told Sir Alex Ferguson ‘If I relax, I will die’ when he asked to leave Manchester United.

The French left-back, 40, made 379 appearances for the Red Devils after moving in 2005 from Monaco.

Patrice Evra revealed that he told Sir Alex Ferguson


Patrice Evra has revealed that he told Sir Alex Ferguson ‘If I rest, I will die’ as he was forced to move away from Manchester United in 2014.Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Evra quit United in the summer of 2014 to move to Juventus – and he’s now revealed why.

said the defender La Republica He spoke to Fergie about his diminishing playing time and admitted he had to go somewhere where he would play every game.

Two and a half years later, Evra was having the same conversation with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

“After Euro 2016, Allegri said to me, ‘Patrice, you don’t have to play all the games, you’re going to play the big games,'” Evra said.

But even for Ferguson I told him, ‘Boss, if I rest, I’m going to die. “

Evra went on to say that his demand to leave – and he eventually joined Marseille in January 2017 – annoyed his then-teammate Giorgio Chiellini.

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“Chilini is still angry with me today,” said the former France international, who has 81 caps.

He said: Pat, why are you doing this to us?

“For Giorgio, I should have played for Juventus for life.

“But I should always have 100 percent passion and commitment.”

Evra also revealed that he believed Cristiano Ronaldo quit Juventus because the club treated him poorly, making him a “scapegoat” for their problems.

He claimed: “Cristiano needs love and respect… Instead, at Juventus he has become a scapegoat.

“The criticism in Italy of Ronaldo is a bit silly and hypocritical.

Another mistake was when Allegri said at the conference ‘Cristiano will not play all the matches’.

“There is no need to say certain things in public.

“In any case, Cristiano’s only true love is Manchester United. Because no one in Manchester would dare criticize him.

“Juventus should have understood that Cristiano demands love and respect. When he receives them, Cristiano gives his life for you.”

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