Man Utd Club Focus – Evra to put past behind him ahead of Swansea trip

Often regarded as one of the toughest left-backs in the Premier League, Patrice Evra’s on-field approach has not been recognised by Brighton and Hove Albion boss Gus Poyet. Poyet, a compatriot of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, has brandished Manchester United’s left back as a ‘cry-baby’ for his complaint about alleged racial abuse by Suarez.

Suarez has been charged by the FA over the incident, which occurred during Liverpool and United’s 1-1 draw at Anfield on October 15th, but is expected to plead not guilty to the decision. Evra stated that Suarez had racially abused him ‘at least 10 times’ and was visibly upset at the comments, reacting angrily to an altercation between the two within the game and earning himself a booking in the process.

Poyet has jumped to the defence of the Liverpool forward and has launched a scathing attack on the French left-back, claiming that Suarez is definitely not a racist and he is prepared to go to court to prove such claims.

‘I believe Luis Suarez, it’s simple. I played football for seven years in Spain and was called everything, because I was from South America. I never went out crying like a baby, like Patrice Evra, saying that someone said something to me. I’m really sad about this charge, because it’s going to become too easy. Why are we going to take one person’s word over another’s? It’s too risky’, Poyet said.

Evra will be a part of the United squad to face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow and has not been affected by the racism row that has engulfed him in the last month. Fortunately for Evra, the John Terry incident emerged at the same time and some of the limelight has been shone from the altercation with Suarez and Evra.

The French international has also come under criticism from France national team manager Laurent Blance. Evra was accused at the 2010 World Cup of leading a mutiny against then manager Raymond Domench and was given a five match ban, losing the national captaincy in the process.

Evra has since been recalled, but enraged Blanc by stating that he is difficult to replace at the moment in the French side. Blanc recalls that after the draw with Bosnia to reach Euro 2012, Evra said ‘That’s it – job done’ and was promptly put in his place by the former United defender.

Blanc said: ‘I asked him what he thought he was playing at. I told him to stop pretending to be a VIP. That is no good for us and no good for him, so I put him in his place’.

A difficult couple of months for Evra, where the sudden death of one of his brothers forced him to miss France’s friendlies with USA and Belgium, are drawing to a close and the United left-back is eager to get back to action, starting with the weekend trip to South Wales.

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