United's Evra gets shock backing... from Raymond Domenech!

France Football

The outspoken Manchester United star has found an unexpected friend.

Patrice Evra has caused a major controversy in France, hitting out at four television pundits he described as 'tramps'.

The Manchester United defender has been summoned by the French Football Federation to explain his comments, against those he claims were trying to tarnish his reputation.

He said: "People have a good impression of me, it won't be these tramps who dirty my image," Evra said.

"There are some pundits with whom I will soon settle my differences with. They want to sell a lie to the French people that Evra is disliked. But that is not the case at all.

"I do not know what Lizarazu has against me. I was twice voted best left-back in the world, four times the best left-back in the Premier League. Him, I don't even know if he was ever voted best left-back in the world."

While Lizarazu shot back than Evra is doing a good job of tarnishing his image himself, the left-back has received a shock backer.

Former France manager Raymond Domenech... the manager the left-back led an infamous revolt against at the 2010 World Cup and lambasted after the tournament. He was issued with a five-match ban by the FFF with Lilian Thuram even calling for a ban for life.

Domenech on Monday evening told French television:

"There are at least half of the players who think the same thing but do not dare say. That he be able to say, he is strengthening his position. And that can inspire guys. This is the effect which may be positive, but we do not know yet, we will not know until we see the damage."

The fact that Domenech is driven to compliment Evra when he could have chosen the moment to twist the knife against him, says a lot about the character of the left-back.

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