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 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.
Evra’s incredible strike against Bayern Munich remains one of the most iconic goals he has scored for the Red Devils.
Former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney congratulated Evra on his wonderful career.
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.
Some Manchester United fans are calling for Patrice Evra to return to Old Trafford.