Patrice Evra delivered a snub to Wayne Rooney as he named an ultimate XI of his former teammates. This action has left the Old Trafford fans reacting to the omission of their club’s greatest ever goal scorer.
National Daily gathered that Evra who appeared as a pundit on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher for Arsenal’s defeat at Sheffield United was asked after the game to name a fantasy XI of his former teammates – but there was no room for Wayne Rooney.
Instead, Evra partnered Cristiano Ronaldo with Carlos Tevez in attack – despite the Argentine’s acrimonious departure from Old Trafford which saw him sign for the Red Devils’ cross-city rivals.
“This one was a tough choice, Tevez or Wayne Rooney?” admitted Evra.
“But it comes from my heart, even if I am a close friend to Wayne… I played with Tevez in Manchester and Juventus and what a player.
“He is a warrior and when we had him and Wayne up front, I was feeling sorry for the defenders.”
Evra selected Edin van der Sar in goal, with Dani Alves, Rio Ferdinand and Georginio Chiellini joining the Frenchman in a back four – omitting United legends Gary Neville and Nemanja Vidic.
Of Neville, Evra said: “I could have had Gary Neville, but Dani Alves is more talented!”
Ji-Sung Park was a surprise inclusion on the right-hand side of midfield, with Evra explaining: “He was a solider.
“The 2008 Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, in both legs, he was man of the match. He didn’t play the final after that but he is definitely one of my soldiers.”
A central midfield duo of Paul Scholes and Andrea Pirlo are in the engine room with Ryan Giggs unsurprisingly on the left flank.
Amazingly, Evra named James Milner as his toughest ever opponent, rather than Lionel Messi.
“He frustrated me because I’m an attacking defender. I was like ‘just go on attack,” Evra explained.
“When I played the derby, I had him always up against me. Messi, I could deal with him.”