Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Patrice Evra reveals furious bust-up with Manchester United chief Woodward

Patrice Evra has opened up on his acrimonious departure from Manchester United in 2014, and revealed he had a bitter exchange with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who reneged on his promise to let him leave.

Evra left United for Juventus in July 2014, less than two months after it was announced that he had extended his contract at Old Trafford. 

The former left back, who announced his retirement on Tuesday, disclosed that he felt 'betrayed' after Woodward didn't fulfil his promise to let him leave United for personal reasons. 

As reported by Sky Sports, Evra said: 'Before the end of that season Ed told me: "Patrice, you're going to stay for another year because we've got an option in your contract," but I told him I needed to leave because of family reasons. He shook my hand and said he understood.

'Then in May I was having dinner in Dubai on my birthday and had a text from my agent. He told me to go somewhere quiet and sent me a message with the statement from United saying they were pleased to renew my contract for another year. I went mad, I was really disappointed.'

Evra provided details of his exchange with Woodward, which the Frenchman says gave him an excuse to leave. 

He said: 'I called Ed and swore on the phone, even threatened him. He said I couldn't talk to the director of football like that and that he was going to fine me. 


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