Patrice Evra has dropped a bombshell about Sir Alex Ferguson’s transfer targets during his time at Manchester United.
Evra revealed Ferguson was close to bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford in 2013, along with his Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale.
Speaking to the official UTD Podcast, the Frenchman noted Sir Alex’s departure was the hardest moment in his career. Evra said: “You know, you talk about the hardest moments [in my United career], I would say maybe this is the one. Two weeks before that, I remember there was a lot of media saying Ferguson will maybe retire next year, and he said, ‘Patrice, I will never retire. I will be here another 10 years’.
“He then said: ‘my target is I’m 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent.’ And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said yes to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this.”
Sadly, a double swoop for Ronaldo and Bale failed to materialise, and the Scotsman retired at the end of that season (BBC Sport).
The 38-year-old went on to talk about a number of hot topics, including Fergie’s retirement, his tough upbringing in Paris, and how he adapted to life in the Premier League for the first time.
After arriving at the Theatre of Dreams from Monaco for £7.2m in 2006, Evra went on to make a staggering 379 appearances for United, scoring 10 goals and creating 40 assists in all competitions, winning the Premier League five times, and lifting the coveted Champions League trophy in 2008. The former French international retired last year after a brief stint with English side West Ham United.
Unsurprisingly, loads of United fans gushed over the ex-Red Devil’s “awesome” comments on social media, with one supporter dubbing the star as the “GOAT” and another adding he was a “legendary” player. One fan also labelled him an “idol.”
Take a look at some of the best reactions down below…
What a character fantastic player had passion and desire and a will to win for this club we haven’t had many leaders like him since but he was a fantastic character we had many at that time @WayneRooney @rioferdy5 Nemanja Vidic and Giggsy and schlolessy @ManUtd
— callum brennan (@callumbrennan14) May 4, 2020
One of the all time greats
— middle.child (@MphoNdaba13) May 4, 2020
Uncle Pat ❤️
— ً (@UtdAidan) May 5, 2020
— Rajo (@Hope13hope1) May 5, 2020
Once a Red, always a Red @Evra awesome player 👌👌
— Debs Hughes (@DebsHughes2) May 4, 2020
A legend @Evra Will always be an idol
— ˢᵖᶠᶜ VINICIUS ᵐᵘᶠᶜ (@VINI_SALVIANO97) May 4, 2020
— Bet Genius (@BetGenius6) May 4, 2020
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