Patrick Vieira in supporting Manchester United ace shocker

A constant foe for Manchester United in his days with Arsenal, and now at Manchester City, Patrick Vieira has lent his support to Patrice Evra.

One of the protagonists of the 'Battle of Old Trafford' a decade ago thanks to a controversial sending off, Patrick Vieira has rarely seen eye to eye with any Manchester United player.

Now a Manchester City employee, in charge of their Elite Development Side, the Frenchman has finally found a Red Devil he has some compassion for.

That man is the recently under-fire Patrice Evra, who has been causing all kinds of hysteria in France over the past month thanks to an outspoken interview, when he described his critics as 'tramps' and 'parasites'.

Vieira was asked his opinion on Evra, who has been included in Didier Deschamps squad for the upcoming World Cup play-off with Ukraine, and refused to condemn the Red Devil.

He told French newspaper Le Parisien:

"Without deciding the merits, I can understand that he wanted to say what he felt. I experienced this kind of envy.

"With the Blues, Evra is not the same as club because we feel even greater desire to do well. I do not know a player who is not proud to wear the blue shirt."

Vieira would go onto be asked about the other hot topic in France, who should take the striker's role, Olivier Giroud or Karim Benzema, but refused to commit either way:

"Better to have a debate than not have! If we had only one proper striker we complain. I wish we had a lot of discussions like that in all positions."

Vieira likes to keep a low profile behind the scenes nowadays, and that's certainly reflected in his responses. France and Manchester City's Mr Nice Guy? It would seem so...

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