‘This man is going to kill me’ – Evra reveals how Sir Alex convinced him to join Man Utd over Liverpool

Will Ford
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Patrice Evra says he felt as though he was in “an interview with the FBI” as he recalled how Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to join Manchester United over Liverpool.

Evra won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League in a glittering eight-year spell at Old Trafford.

The full-back had offers from some of the biggest clubs in Europe after a breakthrough season with Monaco, including Liverpool.

But the former France international opted for United after he explained how he “felt something special” from Ferguson in his meeting with the United legend, joking that he thought the manager might “kill me” if he turned down his advances.

“Sir Alex spoke with my agent and we met at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris,” Evra told Rio Ferdinand’s Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“He didn’t speak French so it was more David Gill [negotiating]. My English wasn’t great so my agent was translating.

“I remember he was asking questions like, ‘do you drink?’ ‘No.’ Do you like to go out?” “Sometimes.’ ‘Are you ready to not lose a game?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Are you ready to not even draw a game?’ ‘Yeah’.

“I feel like it was an interview from the FBI. And when I shook his hand – everything I say I was like, ‘I’m ready – if I let him down this man is going to kill me’, so it was really impressive,” he added.

“Before United came my agent said we had Liverpool, Inter Milan, and United. I remember my agent was so excited and saying, ‘Patrice, it’s Manchester United’.

“I was watching United because of Eric Cantona, so this was a big influence [on me], but when I met [Ferguson] you feel something special.

“If you do well for this man you will win and achieve things for this club.”

Evra lasted just one further year at United following Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, joining Serie A giants Juventus where he won three Italian league titles and two Italian cups, before returning to the Premier League with West Ham at the end of career.

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