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- May 15, 1981
Patrice caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson and he made his move in the January transfer window of 2006, signing Evra for £5.5 million. Regular left back Gabriel Heinze had been out injured and United were in need of some cover in his absence.
His United debut was a baptism of fire. He endured a torrid time against City in the Manchester derby and was substituted at half time. City won the game 3-1. his Old Trafford debut was in a 1-0 win against Merseysiders Liverpool.
He struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premiership in his first season, leading many to believe Sir Alex had made a mistake in signing him. Six months later Evra had proved the doubters wrong and established himself as first choice left back ahead of Heinze. In fact his performances had improved so much that he was voted into the team of the year at the end of the 2006/2007 title winning season.
He started the 2007/2008 season as he'd finished the last, with marauding performances up and down the left wing, helping United retain the Premier League title. He was also a key member of the Champions League, making 10 appearances on the way to beating Chelsea in the final in Moscow in a dramatic penalty shoot out.
The 2008/2009 season was very stop-start for Evra. He started brilliantly but an injury followed by a 4 game ban made his form drop when he returned. He had a couple of high profile bad games against Spurs but recovered well towards the end of the season with United securing a third successive Premier League title. They made another appearance in the Champions League final and were looking to win a consecutive European double, but a poor team performance saw them lose 2-0 to Barcelona.
Evra has become a firm favourite with the fans with his energetic and skillful performances, and they'll be hoping for more of the same from the mercurial Frenchman
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