Patrice Evra Reveals The Way Sir Alex Ferguson Used To Punish Players If They Lost To Liverpool

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand celebrates with team mates Patrice Evra (L) and Ryan Giggs (R).

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Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra revealed the way Sir Alex Ferguson punished his players if they lost to Liverpool.

The renowned Scotsman was known for his hot dressing room temper, but the way Evra explains his retribution is quite surprising. The former Juventus man revealed that Ferguson used to give his players a silence treatment as he won’t talk with them for a week if they lost to Liverpool during his reign.

“It’s something special,” Evra told beIN Sports – via the Daily Star. “I hate to lose against Liverpool.

“When you lose at Anfield you always play on a Sunday afternoon and I promise you the rest of the week will be bad. Ferguson, if you lose against Liverpool you wouldn’t see him for one week. For one week he won’t shake your hand. He would be deeply hurt.”

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Evra, during his nine years of tenure with the Old Trafford outfit, was an utter crowd favourite and managed five Premier Leagues and one Champions League medal; amongst the other domestic triumphs. His outburst with Luis Suarez back in 2011 was, however, the biggest headline catcher and the Uruguayan was found guilty by the FA of racially abusing the defender.

Speaking about his relationship with the former Liverpool striker, Evra said that he do not have any hard feelings about his counterpart. He was further quoted by Star Sports as saying:

“There are a lot of memories. Of course when we had this problem with Suarez.

“We won 2-0 and all the players played for me and it was amazing with my celebration in front of Luis Suarez.

“But now I’m happy, I’m good with Suarez. We don’t have any problem.”


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He had so many memories to cherish during his time at Old Trafford, but the encounters against Liverpool were always the specials ones. He further added: “My first Manchester United v Liverpool game was at Old Trafford.

“I won the foul, we did the free kick and Rio Ferdinand scored the winning goal. Before those games the fans were just crazy. The atmosphere in Anfield, you can feel they hate Man United.

“It gives you so much energy to play that kind of game.”

In recent times, Evra was linked with a move back to Old Trafford, but the potential homecoming was blocked due to some reasons.

He told ​Sky Italia: “I was very close to a return to Manchester United. I also spoke with Mourinho but there was a person, whose name I will not say, who probably did not like the idea of my return.

“Even the fans were enthusiastic and would have been delighted, but because I realised that they [the club] would not do anything I then asked my agent to look for other teams.”

 

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