Patrice Evra is finally on the move, as the French left back has completed his long-awaited move to Juventus.
On Monday Evra ended his eight-and-a-half year association with the Red Devils and is swapping the Premier League for Serie A.
Evra, 33, joins Juve on a two-year deal after the French international was allowed to leave Old Trafford for a $2 million fee and United signed 19-year-old England left back Luke Shaw for $60 million earlier this month. Evra only signed a contract extension in May but as soon as Juve came in for him he was on his way.
During 379 appearances for United the Frenchman won a UEFA Champions League, five Premier League titles, three League Cups and a World Club Cup in his nine seasons and proved to be a fans favorite with his marauding runs from the left back spot. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Evra was handed the captains armband on several occasions and his leadership alongside the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand saw his name go down in Red Devils history as a key component in one of their best-ever sides.
Speaking to the club website about his decision to up sticks and move to Italy, Evra had the following to say.
“After a great deal of thought I have decided the time is right for me to leave Manchester United. It is the biggest decision of my career as this club is, and will always remain, in my heart. My biggest thanks go to the fans. We have had some fantastic times together, we lifted all of those trophies together and that night in Moscow will live with us all forever. Every single time I stepped out in that shirt I knew I was playing for the badge and for a very special club. My passion for this club will live on and I know you guys will go on to enjoy more success in the coming seasons.”
With Evra’s decision to leave United, it truly marks the end of the old guard.
After Vidic left for Inter Milan this summer and Ferdinand departed for Queens Park Rangers, United’s defense is looking extremely young and inexperienced. Evra proved at the World Cup that he still has plenty more to give, as he put in some typically explosive displays from and was solid defensively. He will be remembered as a player who gave his all for United, as well as getting involved in several spats with other sides. Most famously his feud with Luis Suarez over allegations of racial abuse.
Fans of the Red Devils will be sad to see Evra leave but will be looking to usher in a new era with Shaw at left back and hopefully Mats Hummels in the center.
Already facing some uncertainty with a depleted roster, Argentina could face a significantly greater challenge.
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Barcelona star Lionel Messi could face suspension after reportedly verbally abusing linesman Marcelo Van Gasse during the second half of Thursday’s 1-0 win over Chile.
Messi was reported to CONMEBOL for yelling, “F*** off, your mother’s c***” at Van Gasse and refused to shake the official’s hand at the end of the match.
The officiating crew from the match didn’t initially include Messi’s rant in the post-match report, however, it was added on Monday and submitted to CONMEBOL.
The South American federation must now decide if and when it will punish Messi for his reported actions, and there is the potential that the world-class attacker could be suspended for Tuesday’s clash against Bolivia if the federation acts quickly.
There are several other scenarios though for CONMEBOL to action, including disregarding Messi’s verbal assault.
La Albiceleste currently sit third in World Cup qualifying on 22 points.
It’s only been one competitive match since Bruce Arena regained control of the U.S. Men’s National Team and there’s already been a noticeable difference in form.
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The former LA Galaxy manager wouldn’t have you believe that though following Friday night’s convincing 6-0 victory over Honduras in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
“It’s nothing I can write a book on,” Arena said about his team’s turnaround in form against Honduras. “You have a sense of your group, and you go about doing your business. There’s no secret formulas to this stuff. Work together, take ownership in what you’re doing, treat them like responsible professional athletes, and you get on with your business.
He added, “They want to be successful. They want to play in a World Cup. Is that a recipe for success? I don’t know. I’m sure Honduras wants to play in a World Cup too.”
Arena, who took over for Jurgen Klinsmann following the U.S.’ collapse during the first two matches of the Hexagonal, is unbeaten in his first three games in charge since getting his job back with the Stars and Stripes.
Although there has been a considerable turnaround in the way the USMNT has performed in the first three matches of 2017, Arena wouldn’t stoop to comparing his style to that of Klinsmann.
“I’m not doing anything differently,” he said. “I’m not taking a survey [of the players]. I know it’s different. We lose tomorrow, there will be articles written that, ‘This a—— is letting these guys run loose.'”
“I have spent no time on the past. There’s nothing I can do about it. I kind of have a sense about things, but there’s no point in me spending time investigating what went on in the past. The idea was to get it going the right way from the start.”
Arena’s next test with the U.S. will be on Tuesday when the Yanks travel to Panama City to take on Panama.
The U.S. Men’s National Team is always looking for more Christian Pulisic-like players, and another star-in-the-making could be on his way to Old Trafford.
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American teenager Will Vint is reportedly being pursued by Premier League giants Manchester United after previously having trialed with Fulham and Everton.
Vint, the 15-year-old son Everton academy director Peter Vint, has reportedly impressed the Red Devils while on trial as of late. Additionally, the teen’s Instagram page describes him as a “Footballer at Manchester United.”
The number of Americans in England’s top flight have dwindled down over recent years, however, USMNT mainstays like Geoff Cameron and Brad Guzan (moving to Atlanta United) still reside in the PL.
SAO PAULO (AP) Brazilian club Chapecoense will play Colombia’s Atletico Nacional on April 4 in what will be an emotional home match.
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In November, 19 members of the Brazilian team died in an air crash outside Medellin as they travelled to play Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final. Out of 77 passengers, 71 died in the incident, including players, journalists, and club officials.
Chapecoense says they will play at 22,000-seat Arena Conda in southern Brazil in the first leg of the Recopa Sudamericana.
The tragedy made Atletico Nacional pronounce Chapecoense as champions, and the South American confederation agreed.
The Recopa Sudamericana is between the champions of the Copa Sudamericana and the Copa Libertadores.