Patrice Evra reveals how Manchester United ‘dinosaurs’ inspired him more than Cristiano Ronaldo

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Patrice Evra has revealed how Manchester United’s “dinosaurs” inspired him more than Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at Manchester United.

The Frenchman, of course, spent eight years at Old Trafford, helping United to five Premier League and Champions League titles during his time with the club.

He played alongside some of the biggest names in United history, including Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.

Although Ronaldo has gone on to become one of the greatest players ever since Evra last played for him, it was the veteran trio that may have had the most impact on him during his time at United.



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When asked who was the best coach during his time at the club, Evra recalled a great story about how Giggs, Scholes and Neville inspired him.

“I feel lucky and lucky to be training with them and also for them to train with me,” Evra told talkSPORT.

“A lot of people say ‘Patric, who was the best player in training to play with’ and expect me to say Cristiano. [Ronaldo] or Wayne [Rooney].

“I always mention Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes because of their consistency. I have a little story and it’s inspiring.

“We were in training and had a game on Saturday. On Friday, Patrice, it’s better we don’t take any risks and not train today,” the doctor said.

“I was with the physicist and I saw Ryan Giggs, he had a back problem and he was doing some stretching and just got out.

“After that, it was Paul Scholes. He had a problem with his knee and he was limping and he went out.

“Gary Neville, he had a calf problem and he was stretching, doing a massage, and he came out.

For one moment I was talking to myself, ‘If those three dinosaurs were to come out, I wouldn’t stay inside on the massage table.’

“I put on my football boots and the doctor told me I couldn’t train, but I went out and trained. The next day I played and it was a good match.

“That’s why sometimes, I don’t like to blame the next generation if they don’t have a personality or character that inspires them.”

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