Patrice Evra reveals why he left Manchester United for Juventus

Manchester United left back Patrice Evra left Old Trafford to sign for Juventus last month - and now he's revealed why.

The French international, 33, joined the Red Devils from Monaco back in 2006 in a £5.5m deal, and went on to make 379 appearances for United during a vastly successful eight-and-a-half year stay at Old Trafford. However, with Southampton's Luke Shaw snapped up earlier this summer, it became clear that new manager Louis van Gaal had already lined up the club's left back of the future - after all, the England international is fully 14 years younger than Evra.

That meant that Evra was likely to be playing second fiddle to Shaw this season and beyond, and rather than sit on the bench and take his wages, the Senegal-born defender decided to go and play first-team football elsewhere, joining Turin giants Juventus in Serie A.

Now expected to be a key part of the Juve first team, Evra says that whilst it was hard to make the move, it's a decision he had to make.

"It was very difficult to leave Man United because it was like my second family," said Evra. "But as soon as I knew there was interest from Juve, I knew it would be a new challenge for me because I have to repay the faith they showed in me.

"I have to show more as a Juventus player because we have to win [the league] four times in a row. It's never easy to win four times in a row."

"I won it with Man United three times but four times is really difficult. And we have to do much better in the Champions League."

Juve manager Antonio Conte has left the club, with former AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri in to replace him. Having disappointed in continental competitions in recent years, Juve need to have a deep Champions League run - and bringing in Evra, who has won the trophy before, should go some way to helping.

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