Patrice Evra, for all of ‘Uncle Pat’s’ social media antics – and there’s a lot of them – there’s one Manchester United story that says more than his 300-odd Instagram posts put together.
A young Park Ji-Sung arrives at Carrington with the only knowledge of the English language being: ‘Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson’; unable to communicate to United players, Park found integration and speaking to his teammates next to impossible. To help Park’s integration, Evra learnt Korean and built a bond with Park to the extent that the Frenchman started calling Park’s dad, ‘Pappa’.
The popularity of the left-back is hardly surprising when you browse through his social media account and then finally realise there is ONE happy person on a Monday morning…
One love ❤️ one heart ❤️ let’s get together 🌍and we will be alright 🙏🏼 Are you getting addicted too my Monday video now??😂😂😂😂🔥❤️smoking happiness like usual 🤣👌 @usainbolt i love this game haahahahah #ilovethisgame #monday #jamaica #love #happy #bobmarley #positivevibes #united #world #energy #smile #heart #addicted #blessed
Despite Evra’s constant promotion of spreading love, happiness and general goodwill amongst the footballing world, there was the sour incident between Luis Suarez and the United defender in 2011; the racial abuse Evra received from Suarez led to the Liverpool man receiving an eight-game ban as well as being fined £40,000.
Suarez then snubbing the Frenchman’s handshake in a game after his punishment led to Evra celebrating in the now-Barca striker’s face after a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford; it then followed Evra biting into a fake arm which was thrown in the No.3’s direction following United’s title-winning season in Ferguson’s final year in charge.
In typical fashion from the former United man, he then went to the extent of paying Suarez the greatest tribute by saying the Uruguayan is the greatest striker currently in football after the Barca man won the 2015-16 Golden Shoe award:
“Luis, you’re a great player and the best No 9. Congratulations Luis. I love this game !!! hahahaah.”
It’s safe to say, the man that makes Monday mornings, and the man that ‘loves this game’ the most, definitely had the last laugh in the Suarez-Evra debacle.