Despite signing a one-year extension to his Manchester United contract just two months ago, former France captain Patrice Evra has made way for new £27m signing Luke Shaw at left-back by heading off to Serie A to join the mighty Juventus.
As is customary on such occasions, we’ve had a trawl through the archives and picked out a few ‘highlights’ from the 33-year-old’s glittering stay in the north west.
A difficult debut
As inauspicious starts go, Evra’s was really up there.
The new signing from Monaco was hauled off at half-time with United 2-0 down and on their way to a 3-1 defeat at the Etihad back in January 2006.
Thankfully, there was better to come…
Making it Man Utd 7-1 Roma
This 2007 Champions League quarter final is best known for a remarkable midfield performance from Michael Carrick, who opened the scoring after 12 minutes before doubling up on the hour.
However, it was Evra who put the icing on the cake with a low shot past Doni with less than ten on the clock.
Being part of a Champions League and Premier League-winning team during the 2007/08 season? Surely priceless.
Captaining in the footsteps of Eric
Prior to Evra’s skippering of the United side that beat Aston Villa to take the 2010 League Cup, Cantona was the only Frenchman to ever captain the club to trophy success. Illustrious company indeed.
Smashing home the last goal of David Moyes’ tenure
Evra’s 57th-minute rocket in the Champions League semi-final defeat against FC Bayern Munchen last term also proved to be his last for United.
Five Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a League Cup, a FIFA Club World Cup and a Champions League victory on from that wretched day in the blue half of Manchester, England will miss the man Red Devils’ fans affectionately refer to as ‘Paddy’.