The left-back joined the Red Devils in 2006 and played for eight years until 2014.
The former Manchester United captain and legendary left-back Patrice Evra announced his retirement earlier this week and while talking to Soccer AM during his decision, he claimed that his United exit was caused by broken promises from Chief Executive of the club Ed Woodward. The French man had left Old Trafford after just two months of signing a one-year contract extension and joined Juventus in 2014.
Prior to his exit, he was a regular starter under David Moyes but talking about his exit, the 38-year-old mentioned that he felt ‘betrayed’ after a verbal agreement from Woodward. Evra said, “Before the end of that season Ed told me: ‘Patrice, you’re going to stay for another year because we’ve got an option in your contract,’ but I told him I needed to leave because of family reasons. He shook my hand and said he understood.”
“Then in May I was having dinner in Dubai on my birthday and had a text from my agent. He told me to go somewhere quiet and sent me a message with the statement from United saying they were pleased to renew my contract for another year. I went mad, I was really disappointed.”
“I called Ed and swore on the phone, even threatened him. He said I couldn’t talk to the director of football like that and that he was going to fine me. After that Ryan Giggs called and said I couldn’t leave just because of one man, but it gave me an excuse to leave. I’d already said to my wife we were going to leave, but inside I didn’t ever really feel I could. That gave me a little push,” Evra told to Sky.
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A few years down the line, the duo seem to have reconciled since the rift
“Some people won’t understand why Ed did it but I understand. Of the senior players I was the only one he wanted to keep – even David Moyes had said it before he got sacked. They said to [Rio] Ferdinand and [Nemanja] Vidic, we don’t need you anymore, but in the dressing room you need a character. I understood Ed, but I didn’t understand why he betrayed me. He should’ve called me to explain.”
Evra won two Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and one Supercoppa Italiana with Juventus along with being the runner-ups in the UEFA Champions League in 2015. While for Manchester United, he played 395 games and won 15 titles.