Refs and racism in focus amid muddle of tactics

Patrice Evra Luis Suarez

It was never going to be a quiet affair. Manchester United at Anfield rarely is and Liverpool’s rejuvenation in recent times ensured a feisty contest from the outset on Saturday lunchtime. Controversial refereeing and post-match accusations of racism simply add to the drama of the occasion, which remains Britain’s biggest and most intensely fought match. Yet, whatever […]

Signs point to Evra departure

Patrice Evra

Fan favourite Patrice Evra may have less than six months left at Old Trafford after the left-back’s agent failed to guarantee the player’s long-term future at Manchester United. Federico Pastorelo confirmed Internazionale’s interest in the United defender, whose contract runs to June 2012, but said there is no plan for departure during the winter transfer […]

The defence has it

Rio Ferdinand Nemanja Vidic

Should Manchester United complete a 19th domestic title come May it will have little to do with star player Wayne Rooney. Nor, though influential, will Nani take the plaudits. Ditto Dimitar Berbatov, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Anderson. Much as United’s attacking players can take overdue credit for becoming the division’s the second highest goalscorers, […]

Evra begins war of words but who will end it?

Patrice Evra

The needle been missing from the Manchester United – Arsenal fixture in recent years. Certainly Arsenal’s comparative lack of success over the past five years and then Jose Mourinho’s introduction to English football has taken the edge off the bickering between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger.  Patrice Evra just pulled out the whetstone. Indeed, […]

Persecution of the precious

France squad

The French Football Federation (FFF) last week announced its response to Les Bleus’ disastrous World Cup campaign, with Nicolas Anelka, Franck Ribéry, Jeremy Toulalan and Manchester United star Patrice Evra all receiving serious punishment. However, the sanctions handed down by the FFF raise a more intriguing question… Are the players to blame for making a […]

Captain Evra central to French implosion

Patrice Evra

Prior to the World Cup’s start French coach Raymond Domenech awarded Patrice Evra the national team captaincy. The honour came with Thierry Henry’s fading star; Manchester United’s left-back replacing Les Bleus’ legend at the national side’s helm. With the team and coach at war, Evra may prefer the relative quiet of defensive duties. How quickly […]

United lads look to World Cup games with hope

Park Ji-Sung

Patrice Evra, Ji-Sung Park and Wayne Rooney face crucial World Cup fixtures over the next two days. While Korea beat Greece, both Rooney and Evra suffered disappointing opening draws. Amid stories of fighting in the French camp and English press criticism, only Park’s Korea, who face Argentina today, play without pressure. South Korea captain Park […]

World Cup opens with Chicarito, Evra and the vuvuzela

Soccer City Stadium

Forget the crime, travel nightmares and rip-off prices; concentrate on the football. That’s the message as the World Cup opened amid the vuvuzela din in Johannesburg. There’s plenty of it, with 64 matches in total. Manchester United interest came early, with Mexico’s Javier ‘Chicarito’ Hernandéz featuring in a 1-1 draw with South Africa today. This […]

Demanding Fergie will die on the job

Patrice Evra Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson will die on the job before he retires from it, according to fans’ favourite Patrice Evra. The French left-back, who signed from Monaco in January 2006, says that despite recent rumours Ferguson will never leave his role as Manchester United manager and still demands the highest possible standards from his players. “The […]