Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has spoken about the impact his French counterpart Patrice Evra had on the club.
Evra departed Man United in 2014 after a turbulent season under David Moyes but the Frenchman is still loved at Old Trafford. Following a move from Monaco in 2006, Evra made 273 appearances for the Reds and quickly became a fans’ favourite.
He was part of one of United’s best defences the club has had, alongside Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and left a lasting legacy on the left-back position.
Schneiderlin, having only recently joined United, is beginning to understand the impact Evra had on the supporters of one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Speaking to Le Parisien, Schneiderlin said: “Beckham, Scholes, Giggs and Cantona, of course, and then there’s Evra. When you speak to the people in Manchester, and all the French people need to know this, Patrice is an idol.
“He is someone who is unanimously loved by everyone; in the club, as well as outside of it.”
Schneiderlin has impressed United fans since his move from Southampton with some solid displays in midfield. Unlike his French counterpart Evra, he has had a good start to his Old Trafford career and will hope to go from strength to strength.
Another Frenchman to recently join United, Anthony Martial, had a similar path to Manchester as Evra did. The Reds signed Martial from Monaco as well, and both him and Evra started their careers at a small club named CO Les Ulis.
United supporters want to see their new youngster have the same impact on them that Evra did during his eight year stint at the club.