Ex-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is Serie A's most creative in his position

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Patrice Evra is impressing early on at Juventus.

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is enjoying a strong start to the season with Juventus.

The Frenchman signed for £2 million in the summer, sold after the Red Devils secured his long-term replacement in Luke Shaw.

He is combining defensive strength with attacking style, in a way Manchester United fans had become accustomed to him doing so.

Evra slotted seamlessly into a defence which did not concede a single goal in Juventus' first five Serie A games, while a 3-2 win over title rivals Roma at the weekend saw them reach a maximum point total of 18 from 18.

He can claim another reason to be cheerful. Evra is unofficially Serie A's most creative defender at this stage of the season.

His 2.7 key passes per game average ranks above any other defensive player in the division, and another ex-United star is benefitting.

Carlos Tevez is into his second season at Juventus, and has started with a bang. The Argentine is the division's top scorer, with six goals from five games.

Then there is key midfielder Paul Pogba, who has continued to impress, and has had to with Arturo Vidal missing playing time through injury.

Juventus appear on their way to another league title already, and if they do, their Manchester United connection will be at the heart of it, and few fans would begrudge Evra the success of adding another medal to his collection.

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