Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has been talking about the recent Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich, and the mixed emotions he felt before, during and after the game in light of the club’s visit to the Munich memorial to the Busby Babes.
Speaking to MUTV, Evra said, “It was an emotional day, the day before the game. I was talking with a young player like Adnan Januzaj and telling him, ‘These people were like us, they were on a plane going to play a football game.’ And at the end, they never see their families again.”
Evra revealed that he prays every day, including before matches, but this time his prayer was different.
“I asked: ‘Can I give something for the Busby Babes.’ I didn’t say a goal, but just to make sure we played for them in that game. That’s why when I scored that goal you can see I was really emotional.
“That’s my little secret, and now everyone knows that secret.”
It was a wonderful sentiment from a player who has become an integral part of United since his transfer from Monaco back in 2006.
While fans will remembered his first outing against Manchester City with trepidation, the Frenchman soon found his feet and flourished under Sir Alex Ferguson.
And while he may not be Manchester born-and-bred, it is clear the Munich air disaster leaves a permanent mark on all who pull on the United shirt, even all these years later. And rightly so, because those men should never and will never be forgotten.