3 - Patrice Evra Profile
Evra signed for Manchester United on 10 January 2006, joining for a transfer fee of around £5.5 million from AS Monaco, putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract. Evra's arrival signalled Alex Ferguson's intention to shore up a United defence that had suffered since the sidelining of Gabriel Heinze. During his first meeting with the club after signing, he asked captain Gary Neville where the nearest church was.
He made his debut for Manchester United four days after signing in a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League. He did not have the best of debuts as he was substituted at half time. He played his home debut in a 1-0 win against Liverpool the following Wednesday. Evra initially had some problems adapting to the English game, but by midway through the 2006-07 season his form had greatly improved and he established himself as a regular first-teamer. On 29 November, he scored his first goal for the club in a Premiership match against Everton at Old Trafford. After a spell out of the squad, Evra made his comeback on 10 April 2007 in the Champions League match against Roma at Old Trafford, contributing to the Red Devils' 7-1 thrashing of the visitors with the final goal. Due to his efforts, Evra earned a place in the PFA Team of the Year.
During United's 07-08 season, Evra became a key member of United's defence. Though making 47 appearances in all competitions, the highest in his career, he did not manage to score a goal. United clinched their second consecutive Premier League title on the final day, edging Chelsea by two points. He made 10 appearances in United's run in the UEFA Champions League, including an appearance in the Final as United defeated Chelsea 6-5 on penalties, following a 1-1 draw after extra time. On 12 June, Evra signed a four-year contract extension with United, a deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2012.
Evra was ever-present in Manchester United's first 14 league games in 2008–09. However, on 5 December 2008, he was handed a four-match ban – due to start on 22 December 2008 – and a £15,000 fine after he was found guilty of improper conduct by the Football Association. The charge related to an incident that occurred during the warm-down after the match between Chelsea and Manchester United on 26 April 2008, wherein a clash ensued between United's players and Chelsea's groundsmen.
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