Former Manchester United and France defender Patrice Evra has announced his retirement from football to become a coach in the near future.
“My playing career is officially over,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I started training for the UEFA B Coaching Licence in 2013, now I want to finish it and then go on to get the UEFA A licence. In a year and a half, if everything goes well, I’ll be ready to lead a team.”
“In a year and a half, if everything goes well, I’ll be ready to lead a team. Sir Alex Ferguson had predicted at the time that two of his players would become coaches of a high level: Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra.”
The 38-year old spent the majority of his career at Old Trafford where he made 379 appearances for the Reds scoring 10 goals and providing 40 assists. Partrice Evra went on to become of the club’s greatest ever left-backs winning five Premier Leagues, four Community Shields, three League Cups, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Champions League.
After his illustrious eight years at Manchester United, Patrice Evra joined Italian giants Juventus where he added three Serie A titles and two Copa Italias to his trophy collection. The veteran defender’s following 10-month spell at Marseille ended abruptly after he kicked a fan which resulted in a lengthy suspension.
Evra then made a brief return to the Premier League with West Ham United in 2017. The Hammers released him at the end of last season. The former French international is now preparing for a career in management.
— Patrice Evra (@Evra) July 29, 2019
Patrice Evra has since then become a popular figure on social media, with the full-back often seen posting hilarious videos which didn’t go down well with some.
The worst thing about Patrice Evra retiring is he has even more time to make videos of him being a massive annoying weirdo.
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) July 29, 2019
Evra’s incredible strike against Bayern Munich remains one of the most iconic goals he has scored for the Red Devils.
Happy retirement, Patrice @Evra! 👊
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) July 29, 2019
3 – Patrice Evra is one of just two players to have played in a UEFA Champions League final (since 1992) for three different clubs, alongside Clarence Seedorf. Evra appeared in a CL final for Monaco, Manchester United and Juventus. Retired. pic.twitter.com/gfbxXyhAU4
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 29, 2019
Patrice Evra announces his retirement at 38: "I am a crazy person, but a nice crazy person. I am not vengeful or a bitter person." https://t.co/VOJGFHpCGl
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 29, 2019
Patrice Evra has officially retired from professional football: 🏟 Games: 733 🇫🇷 Caps: 81 ⚽ Goals: 17 🏆 Premier League: 5 🏆 Charity Shield: 5 🏆 League Cup: 3 🏆 Champions League: 1 🏆 Club World Cup: 1 🏆 Serie A: 2 🏆 Coppa Italia: 2 🏆 Supercoppa: 1 What a career. …
— Sport Canyon (@SportCanyon) July 29, 2019
Former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney congratulated Evra on his wonderful career.
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 29, 2019
Patrice Evra’s infamous beef with Luis Suarez is one of the most talked-about rivalries in world football after the former Liverpool forward racially abused him multiple times during a Premier League match.
Patrice @Evra… what can I say? A man of incredible passion & commitment to his beliefs. A fierce competitor that never once backed down. You gave us moments to savour forever. Thank you for making us dream. I wish you all the best in life. #MUFC #MUFCFAMILY #Ilovethisgame pic.twitter.com/hFLNKYBAwD
— The United Tradition (@MUFCTradition) July 29, 2019
— dipsmufc (@dipsMUFC) July 29, 2019
Some Manchester United fans are calling for Patrice Evra to return to Old Trafford.
It's time for Uncle Pat to come home. I don't care in what capacity, we need Evra in and around the Manchester United set up. DOF, Scout, Coach. Ambassador. He just bleeds it and we love him for that. #MUFC #UnclePat #Evra pic.twitter.com/wP190P5CSH
— UtdPotential (@UtdPotential) July 29, 2019
One of the best left backs in Premier League history has retired, and he's won it all. What a player, what a character. One of my favourite ever United players. Thanks for the memories.
— Karthik Shyamsundar 🇾🇪🔰 (@KartShyam) July 29, 2019
Patrice Evra should be a role model to Manchester United current full backs and every other full backs in the premier league. #MUFC #SkySports he was a leader a true team player and poured his heart in the game. pic.twitter.com/56Bbh2uxqR
— Jude Obieze (@JudeObieze) July 29, 2019