Ferguson was left stunned by Evra’s Man Utd action, admitting ‘you’ve got balls’

Patrice Evra has revealed how he once forced Sir Alex Ferguson to change his team selection because of his defiant stance.

The Frenchman spent eight years at Manchester United, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League under the Scot.

Ferguson was well known for dishing out the hairdryer treatment if things didn’t go his way but Evra once got one over his boss when it came to a game against Stoke.

Evra says he refused to accept being dropped for the match and Ferguson eventually backtracked on his original decision to omit him from his starting XI.

When Ferguson told Evra he wanted to rest him against Stoke, Evra told Ferguson: “I will rest when I die. I’m playing this game.”

Ferguson replied: “Sorry, I’ve already picked the team.” Evra insisted he was the only defender who could outjump Peter Crouch.

“He didn’t say anything,” Evra told The Guardian. “The day of the game he put the team up and I was starting.

“I played a great game. Afterwards he shakes my hand and say: ‘Patrice, you’ve got balls.’

Evra also admitted he still shares a close relationship with Ferguson to this day with the 78-year-old even keeping up with the former Juventus star’s social media.

“We are still so close now. I speak to the boss three times a month and his nephews love my videos,” he added.

“One day he texted me: ‘Patrice, I love that video.’ I say: ‘Boss, one day you give me the hairdryer, now you’re laughing about my videos.’”

Evra and Ferguson will be hoping United start to enjoy some of the same success they experience under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next season.

Last term the Red Devils reached three semi-finals but lost all of them.

However, Solskjaer did successfully guide his side to a top-four finish and crucially secure Champions League football.

United players are currently on their summer breaks but will return to Carrington in the coming weeks ahead of their season opener against Crystal Palace on September 19.

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