Patrice Evra continues to get slaughtered by the French press for his dissent in South Africa at the last World Cup.
Patrice Evra has been literally ripped apart by the French media following the side’s 1-0 defeat to Spain in the latest round of World Cup qualifying matches with several sources suggesting he’s not up to top flight football physically any more.
If ask any Manchester United fan lately, they probably would have agreed with that but he’s turned his domestic form around to become one of United’s best players.
For anyone who doesn’t remember back to the last World Cup, Evra was sensationally axed from the French team for public dissent, caught on camera, towards the regime of previous coach Raymond Domenech.
In short, he’s been paying for it ever since and despite the fact it wasn’t a mistake from Evra which led to the goal for Spain, it seems to be Evra who is getting the blame for the defeat, which has seen France’s position at the top of Group I jeopardised.
He’s now in a position where very few would blame him if he retired from international football and focused entirely on his career and role at Manchester United.
United certainly value him and have challenged him to respond positively to competition for his left back place, which he has done admirably so far this current season.
They have created a situation where it is more than possible for Evra to turn his back on his national side because even if he has a blinder for them, it seems he’s still at fault for something and still paying for the time he stuck up for Nicolas Anelka during a training session in 2010.
Laurent Blanc has used him in moderation and has also dropped him for crucial French games where his experience would have been key such as the match against Ukraine in the last European Championship.
It’s all very positive if you’re a United fan because you’d rather he was playing less games, making him fresher for his United performances and giving him a better chance of prolonging his career at Old Trafford.
It’s more than coincidence in this case that Evra could become the second player in a very short space of time to turn his back on international football to maintain his services for Sir Alex Ferguson at United.
Would you blame him if he turned his back on France?
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