Patrice Evra’s agent, Federico Pastorello, has revealed that the Frenchman held talks with Jose Mourinho earlier this month ahead of a potential move to Manchester United over the January transfer window.
It was widely reported that the 35-year-old, approaching the end of his contract with Juventus, was keen on ending his career at Old Trafford.
However, the Frenchman ended up signing an 18-month contract with Olympique Marseille last week after two and a half seasons at Juventus.
But Pastorello has noted that things could have turned out differently for Mourinho and Evra.
“There was contact between the player and Jose Mourinho,” he said. “If there had been an opportunity to return, he would have done everything to go back to Manchester United.”
“The key to part of the transfer to Marseille was the meeting with sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.”
The idea of Evra – who is, I believe, quite literally impossible to hate – returning to Old Trafford would have appealed to the romantic side of any United fan. He remains one of the few players fully aware of what playing for United really represents, and no supporter would have a bad thing to say about him after nine seasons of buoyant, indefatigable service at left back.
Then again, at the age of 35, one has to question whether Evra really would manage to flourish in the Premier League – an environment that, even back in 2014, started to place too much strain on the Frenchman during the latter stages of his time at United. A move to Ligue 1 feels like a sensible move for a player very much entering the latter stages of his career.