Patrice Evra has been taking a personal approach to helping Anthony Martial in any way he can before he arrives in Manchester this week to begin his career at Manchester United.
We’ve been discussing how there wouldn’t be anybody better than Evra for Martial to learn from about what it means to play for Man United and it sounds like Paddy has been showing us just why.
Writing in an excellent piece of long-form discussing Martial in detail, the Daily Mail’s Adam Crafton said: “At France’s training base at Clairefontaine, Evra took a paternal approach to Martial, inviting him for lunch on Wednesday afternoon, encouraging him to take English lessons and preparing him for the move to Old Trafford.”
There are many parallels to be had between Evra and Martial. Both played for the same youth club, Les Ullis, and both moved to United from AS Monaco (although Evra was 21, two years older than Martial who is 19). He can help him so much in terms of what to expect, how to cope with the move and offering life lessons which could make such a difference for Martial.
Evra is an unofficial ambassador for United, a player who could happily sit and talk about the club for hours without a piece of paper in his hand. He left a little bit of himself behind at Old Trafford when he moved to Juventus and that will always remain at the club. Martial has a perfect mentor in Evra and one he should be listening to as much as possible.
It would be great to be a fly on the wall when Evra had a chat with Martial for lunch but you can be sure that whatever he did discuss, it was all aimed at helping the 19-year-old prepare for life as a United player.