Sir Alex Ferguson hails Man United’s ‘phenomenal’ Patrice Evra

Sir Alex Ferguson hails Manchester United's Patrice Evra as the left-back approaches his eighth season at Old Trafford

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Patrice Evra has won four Premier League titles with Manchester United Photo: The Sport Review

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Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on Manchester United’s “phenomenal” Patrice Evra ahead of the France defender’s eighth season at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old has scored three goals in 292 appearances for United after joining the 19-time English champions from Monaco in a £5.5m deal in 2006.

Ferguson, who had struggled to replace Denis Irwin before signing Evra, heaped praise on the Senegal-born defender for his consistency over the past five seasons, with the United vice-captain winning four Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008 during that spell.

“Patrice, in the last five years has played an average of 45-50 games. It’s phenomenal. I don’t know if anybody else has achieved that. He’s still a fit lad and has the same drive and ambition. He’s a fighter,” Ferguson told the club’s website.

The Red Devils manager allowed Fábio da Silva to join Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan and the 70-year-old is hoping the Brazilian can gain vital experience at Loftus Road.

“Fábio went to QPR, which was so important for the boy because he has enormous ability, but he needs to play,” added Ferguson.

“Because Evra, touch wood, is never injured, the opportunities haven’t been there for the boy. He played a few games last season but it’s not enough for a young boy of 21 years. He needed to continue with his progress. With Fábio at QPR for a year, we’re just a little short in that department.”

Ferguson also revealed that Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Robbie Brady will feature at left-back for United’s opening pre-season game against AmaZulu on Wednesday.

“Young Robbie Brady will be at left-back. He’s actually an outside-left but we believe there’s the possibility he’ll develop into a left-back. He was on loan last year at Hull City and did very well. He’ll certainly figure at left-back,” Ferguson said.

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