With news reports circulating across Europe that Patrice Evra is on the verge of joining Italian champions Juventus, Manchester United fans are faced with the daunting prospect of losing a fourth experienced player in a matter of months.
Evra’s departure would follow that of former captain Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs from the playing squad.
It seems astounding, having signed a new one year contract less than a month ago, that Evra could be on his way out of Old Trafford given how important he would be to the team next year if for only his presence in the dressing room.
There was nothing but love for Evra after the British press reported the deal:
Patrice Evra was a wonderful singing and a magnificent player for us who fully understood what it meant to play for United and the fans.
— BeautifullyRed (@BeautifullyRed) July 9, 2014
Patrice Evra will no doubt go down as one of Sir Alex's finest purchases. Legend. @ManUtd
— Adam McKola (@AdamMcKola) July 9, 2014
Can't believe Patrice Evra is leaving without a proper send-off from the fans. He may be past his best but what a player he's been.
— pauliegunn (@PaulGunning1) July 9, 2014
What I particularly loved about Evra was how much he understood what it means to play for United.
— Jon (@jonwilmot44) July 9, 2014
Others see the bigger picture and hope it is leads to a deal involving Arturo Vidal…
This Evra to Juventus deal stinks of Vidal. Honestly. #mufc
— Serge Adam (@SergeMUFC) July 9, 2014
Fair play to Patrice evra signing a one year deal to generate funds for a move for Vidal #lad
— Luke Hamand (@hamand123) July 9, 2014
Surely Evra is just a sweetener for Vidal
— That guy Nox (@noxiousd) July 9, 2014
One fan in particular has been damaged financially as well as emotionally…
Raging. Ordered new man utd top with evra and now he's going to juve. Bealin.
— Andrew Robertson (@A_Robertson94) July 9, 2014
Evra will leave a huge empty seat in the dressing room when he leaves because few players fully understand what it takes to be a United player more than Evra.
Speaking in Munich before United’s game against Bayern last season, Evra said: “I always pray before games, I pray every day – to save my family, I even sometimes pray for my enemy.
“But I asked, ‘Can I give something for the Busby Babes’. I didn’t say a goal, but just to make sure we played for them in that game.
“That’s why when I scored that goal, you can see I was really emotional, I was angry. I couldn’t believe it. That’s my little secret – and now everyone knows that secret. In the end we went out of the competition and that is why I was really disappointed, but it was a special moment for me.”
That sums Evra up in a nutshell. United was, and is, in his veins, and he’ll be a huge miss if/when the deal goes through.