As a Manchester United fan I remember all too well Patrice Evra’s introduction to Premier League football. Thrust into the volatile atmosphere of a Manchester derby the Frenchman may have gone all the way to the Champions League final with Monaco, but nothing could have prepared him from the torment that Trevor Sinclair gave him in that 45 minutes of football before his manager hauled him off the pitch.
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Gary Neville’s orgasmic reaction as Torres rounded Victor Valdes was swiftly the talk of Twitter, but the Geoff Shreeves masterclass on how not to break bad news was not far behind one of the biggest talking points besides events on the pitch at the Camp Nou.
Branislav Ivanovic as well as Ramires and Raul Meireles will be aware of their Champions League final absences as will the young Bayern trio of David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo. Those players who will take to the pitch at the Allianz Arena on May 19th will be even more determined to make sure those players who have been integral to their progression to the final will not go to waste.
We will probably have to wait until the updated version of Paul Scholes’ autobiography gets serialized in a newspaper to uncover the moment Sir Alex decided to coax the midfielder out of retirement. Perhaps he spotted him drilling his long range passes around the Carrington training ground like it was 1997 all over again and with one look at that crippling list of injuries thought to himself, “Ah, that boy is a bit special. Even at 37.”