Man Utd hero Patrice Evra sheds more light on Sir Alex Ferguson after Nemanja Vidic fight

Man Utd: Evra claims club is part of his DNA

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Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has elaborated on a bust-up he had with Nemanja Vidic during their time at Old Trafford together. The duo both won five Premier League titles each while Sir Alex Ferguson ruled the roost. But they didn’t always get along, despite their success.

United signed Evra and Vidic during the January transfer window of 2006.

The pair were brought in at a time where Chelsea dominated the top flight, winning back to back trophies under Jose Mourinho.

Yet while they endured teething problems upon moving to Old Trafford, the duo went on to establish themselves as club legends.

Both won five Premier League titles each, all of which came under Ferguson prior to his departure in 2013.

And they also played a key role as the Red Devils scooped the Champions League trophy in 2008.

However, Evra and Vidic didn’t always get along.

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The France international said last month: “We arrived at the same time and we struggled together.

“We were at the same hotel, I remember, and we were so bad at the beginning, me and him.

“The manager sent us to play with the Reserves and the coach was Rene [Meulensteen]. After 45 minutes, he subbed us – in the Reserves!

“In the dressing room, Vida was saying, ‘My agent called me, I need to go back to Moscow.’ Also, my agent called me and said they had [interest from] AS Roma. It was difficult here.

“So we struggled together. It’s why I have a lot of respect for Vida.


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“To be honest, we also fought. We had a fight – me and him – and didn’t speak for three months.

“We played together and we didn’t even say a word. I never told him to go left or go right. He was the same.

“Ferguson had to swap Rio Ferdinand to play on the left side with me!

“It was like that for three months until, after a game, I remember he came to me in the dressing room and gave me a high-five.

“Everyone was like ‘finally’ because we were best friends together, Vida and me. We have a deep story together.

“I love him so much. We struggled but we were really real, me and him.

“If we were doing something wrong, we’d argue but, in the same way, it was a really great relationship.”

And Evra has now further elaborated, telling club media: “We didn’t agree on something after a game against Liverpool and we had a little fight.

“People have to understand that this team was like a family but we don’t mess around.

“When someone is not doing a good job, we’re going to fight. At the end, all we wanted was to win.

“After that, we didn’t speak for three months but we played on the same side. We didn’t speak but we won games.

“After that, Ferguson had had enough and he said: ‘Ferdinand you have to switch sides with Vidic’.

“Rio was actually playing on the left side! But we’re still friends, everything’s OK.”

That winning mentality was key to Evra and Vidic becoming United legends.

And whether any of the current crop can emulate their success in the years to tell remains to be seen. 

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