Man United’s Patrice Evra vows to ‘fight’ for his place at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Patrice Evra vows to "fight" for his place in the first-team after the summer arrival of Alexander Büttner
Patrice Evra insists he is ready to “fight” for his place at Manchester United after Alexander Büttner’s arrival at Old Trafford.
The France international’s performances have been called into question in recent seasons after occupying the left-back spot virtually uncontested since joining in 2006.
Ferguson’s summer signing from Vitesse Arnhem, Büttner, netted on his debut against Wigan Athletic, and the 23-year-old appears set to challenge Evra for a place in United’s first-team.
“You have to fight for your place every day,” Evra told PA Sport.
“Last season I played a lot of games and maybe if I play well these days people just accept that as normal. But it is not normal playing well for United.
“When you play a bad game people criticise you too quickly. My target is simple: football is like a pyramid and I want to stay on the top.
“It is easy to reach the top of the pyramid but to stay there is the hardest part. I always try to stay on the top. I tried last year, I will try this year and the year after that.
“I have been really happy with my form. I am confident with myself and with my quality. I’ve been here six years and I want to be the best. That is my target every year.”
Evra has made 296 appearances for the Red Devils after completing a £5.5 switch from Monaco to Old Trafford six years ago.
The France defender usurped Gabriel Heinze and Mikael Silvestre to make the left-back berth his own, and Evra vowed to keep fighting and stave off new competition.
“My biggest challenge is from myself,” added Evra.
“I am not being arrogant but I am my biggest challenge. People forget very quickly how I got to become United’s left-back. There was Gabriel Heinze and Mikael Silvestre.
“When I hear people say Patrice never had someone to fight him for his place I just say they have to remember I fought with two great left-backs. They have bad memories!
“I will keep fighting, too. It is too easy for people to say that now we have bought another left-back, ‘Oh yes Patrice Evra will have to fight for his place now.’ Patrice Evra has always fought for his place.”