Patrice Evra showed why he is adored by so many Manchester United fans on Sunday afternoon as he acted as a pundit for the Group E opener between Serbia and Costa Rica at this summer’s World Cup.
Evra is one of many panelists in ITV’s star-studded roster, including the likes of Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, and is entertaining watchers as he helps analyse the major tournament in Russia.
Following Serbia’s 1-0 win at the Samara Arena in Samara, the rumours linking key star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic with a move to Man United in the current transfer window were brought up by fellow pundits and Evra gave a detailed explanation on what it takes to play for the club.
“I’m really careful when I talk about United. To play for this club need to be a character, a personality, you need to die for this club, the expectations are huge. I miss people playing for the passion.”
The 37-year-old Frenchman spent eight successful years at Old Trafford where he quickly became a fan favourite before Louis van Gaal made the unpopular decision to sell him to Juventus in 2014.
Milinkovic-Savic has impressed at SS Lazio for a couple of seasons now and is widely considered as one of the most exciting midfield prospects in world football.
This, unsurprisingly, has come with speculation regarding a move to United with Jose Mourinho being a keen admirer, but it is unknown where the 23-year-old’s future lies.
Evra’s passionate speech has won over United fans even more and retained his reputation as one of the players who ‘gets’ the club.