Manchester United icon Patrice Evra has opened up on what Robin van Persie was like on arriving to the club, revealing he was like a kid in terms of his giddiness.
The Dutchman had revealed when he completed his transfer to Old Trafford that he listened to the little boy that was inside him to make his decision.
It was clearly a decision that ended up proving to be a correct one as Van Persie was instrumental in winning the Premier League in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at United.
The talented striker was instantly the difference and looked right at home with the club but Evra has revealed that things were a little more different than they appeared on the surface.
The Frenchman is currently working as a pundit for ITV during the World Cup and hasn’t spared any club secrets, also discussing how Cristiano Ronaldo was bound to be the greatest player ever.
According to the Mirror, Patrice said: “I give you an example when Robin van Persie joined Man United. First of all when he came I said ‘welcome to a proper team, a man team, not a baby team.’
“And he laughed, but he understood straight away. I remember him saying ‘Patrice, to be fair, I just feel like now I’m playing for a big team because all of you win many trophies, many medals, and you still go in the gym before training, going in the gym after training’.
“Robin was like a kid, he was just like amazed about that. When he looked at us he’d say like ‘when I see all of you guys, I have to work hard because I want to win, I want to win trophies.'”
Evra is sorely missed at Old Trafford even to this day with the Red Devils failing to truly replace him since he left to Juventus during Louis van Gaal‘s reign.
Luke Shaw was meant to be the man to fill in the icon’s boots but it’s fair to say so far he’s failed to do so.