Ex-Manchester City man: If I went to war, I'd want Patrice Evra next to me

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Nicolas Anelka, who made his name at Arsenal and won another title with Chelsea and also spent time on loan with Liverpool, has praised Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has given his full backing to the man who had his back during his 2010 World Cup rebellion.

The French striker is a well traveled figure in English football having played for Arsenal, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea and West Brom.

He also enjoyed a loan spell with Liverpool in 2002, with it very much a surprise the Reds did not take up their option to buy.

Anelka told magazine L'Optimum that he backed Evra entirely over his rant two months ago, in which the Manchester United man attacked 'parasite' pundits who criticised his and the team's form on French television.

He said: "If I were to go to war, immediately next to me in the front line, I will put Patrice Evra .Besides, there is not much that I will do... On the ground he is a born competitor, committed defender. He plays Manchester United for nine seasons. The fact Sir Alex Ferguson appointed him vice-captain (is) no coincidence.

"In England, he built one of the biggest achievements: champion five times, three times winner of Cups, a Champions League etc.. The man, indeed, is funny, friendly and loyal friend. Above all, he is very attached to the France team, the blue jersey."

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