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Patrice Evra ‘nearly killed’ Neville forcing Alex Ferguson to stop Man Utd training

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has revealed how he “nearly killed” Gary Neville in training.

The former France international enjoyed a superb career at Old Trafford, claiming five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League.

Evra formed part of a formidable United backline with Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Gary Neville, the foundation for United’s incredible latter period under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Blessed with a number of world-class defenders, it was perhaps inevitable that there would be disagreements on the Carrington training pitches and Evra reveals how a vengeful tackle “almost killed” his opposite full-back.

“I nearly killed Gary Neville, I’ll be honest with you,” Evra opened up on his self-named YouTube channel. “Sir Alex Ferguson stopped the training about that.”

He added: “So I remember, I get the ball. Then Gary Neville comes and he tackled me. He got the ball but he got a little bit of me so I was on the floor. And I looked at him and he was standing there.

“And I said ‘Gary, you won’t say sorry?’ He looked at me and said ‘f*** off’. When he said that, that’s what brought me back to the streets, the hood. I was like ‘ahhhh fine’. I just stood up. I cleaned my shin. I said ‘game on’.

“The ball arrived to his chest. I go and run and I put my two legs into his chest. He jumped also, so I put my two legs into his chest. He did a backflip.”

Leaving Old Trafford in the summer of 2014, Evra joined Juventus on a two-year deal. He won back-to-back titles in Serie A but they were beaten by Barcelona, in which the Frenchman became the first player to lose four Champions League finals.

He also enjoyed stints at Marseille and West Ham before a one-off appearance for Middlesex County League Premier Division club Brentham in a pre-season friendly.

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