Evra: One Person Prevented Me From Returning To Manchester United

Olympique Marseille's latest recruit Patrice Evra displays his new jersey.c

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Patrice Evra has revealed that it was just one person who prevented him from making a sensational return to Manchester United.

The French star, after having decided that his stay with Juventus had reached its climax, left the Turin-based outfit to join Ligue 1 club Marseille on an 18-month deal.

However, the decorated left-back has revealed that his first preference for a move was to return to his former club Manchester United – a place where he spent almost 8 years, and won 5 Premier League titles and a Champions League crown, amongst other titles.

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But this move failed to materialise despite the 35-year-old having a chat with United boss Jose Mourinho, and the Frenchman has now revealed why.

Speaking to Sky Italia, Evra stated: “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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“Marseille immediately won me over with their project and immediately created a great feeling. We only spent one day to close the deal. They really treated me like a God, making it clear they had a great need for me.”

The Red Devils could have certainly used Evra’s experience and expertise, as the left-back position remains their weakest point in an otherwise strong back-four.

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