Patrice Evra: I told Paul Pogba to join Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra has revealed that he told Paul Pogba to return to Old Trafford over the summer

Pogba re-joined Man United for a world record £89m fee over the summer after four years with Juventus, claiming four major honours alongside Evra.

He has quickly morphed into a fundamental asset in midfield under Jose Mourinho, making 41 appearances and scoring seven goals from midfield so far.

And Evra, speaking to FourFourTwo, noted that he had a role in determining Pogba’s decision to return to the Theatre of Dreams.

“I told Paul to leave for United,” he said. “Juventus are a great club and I would have been happy if he stayed, but United is a great opportunity for him.”

“Paul is like a brother to me and I want the best for him. If he has a bad game, people criticise him for what he does on social media or his haircuts, but he won’t change.

“I don’t want his image coming before his football, and although I’m not worried that will happen I’m scared other people hope it does so they can criticise him like they did with David Beckham.”

Evra takes many different forms: there is, of course, the one we saw dominating the left hand side of defence for years, asserting himself as an indispensable part of a side that only knew how to win; then there is Uncle Pat – the conciliatory, unceasingly warming figure of omni-benevolence that has, for some time now, adorned our Instagram timeline with content that could make even David Moyes produce a heartfelt smile.

And now we have Agent Pat, helping his former side – his real home – from afar by pointing one of world football’s brightest midfield talents in Mourinho’s direction, and supporters will just hope that the Frenchman manages to reach the next level over the 2017/18 campaign following a promising first year at Old Trafford.

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