Criticising the likes of Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly for their defending, taking aim at the Manchester United board and even swiping at Donny Van de Beek’s agent…Patrice Evra stole the show on Sky Sports as the Red Devils were humbled 6-1 by Tottenham
- Manchester United were beaten 6-1 at home by Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday
- The result is United’s joint-worst home defeat in Premier League history
- Patrice Evra had several toxic rants on Sky Sports before and after the game
- The ex-United man targeted United defenders and the club’s hierarchy
The former United defender went through several stages of emotion live on air before, during and after the Red Devils’ 6-1 defeat to Jose Mourinho‘s side on Saturday afternoon at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman was visibly upset at a number of figures at Manchester United over several issues, including the board’s inability to make new signings, defensive performances from the likes of Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly and even took a swipe at Donny van de Beek’s agent.
Patrice Evra stole the show on Sky Sports after Manchester United’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham
The north Londoners humiliated United at Old Trafford on Saturday and led 4-1 at half-time
With Evra even threatening to quit his role at Sky due to the immense pain in watching United’s performance, Sportsmail goes through the best of the ex-defender’s punditry display on Saturday.
PRE-GAME: ANGER AT VAN DE BEEK AGENT
Evra’s rants began just after the team news was announced, as £40million signing Donny Van de Beek was named on the bench for the third Premier League game in a row.
The midfielder is yet to start in the top-flight for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his latest omission from the starting line-up comes after the player’s agent, Sjaak Swart, hit out at United for not playing his client.
Evra’s first rant was aimed at the agent of Donny van de Beek who criticised United’s selection
After United’s 3-2 win over Brighton last weekend, in which the Seagulls hit the post five times, Swart claimed United ‘should have lost 7-1’ though Evra claimed the player’s representative should ‘shut his mouth’.
But Evra then slammed United for signing Van de Beek in the first-place, claiming the Red Devils do not need him.
The former United man added: ‘I think every United fan is disappointed that van de Beek isn’t starting. I don’t think he’s in competition with Paul Pogba.
Van de Beek was introduced off the bench for the third Premier League game in a row
Evra claimed before the Spurs game that the Red Devils do not need their new £40million man
‘I don’t understand why van de Beek is not starting yet. It shows you we don’t need him.
‘Is van de Beek going to win the league for us? No.’
HALF-TIME: PLAYSTATION RANT AND BAILLY BASHING
Evra’s mood only worsened during the first-half of the Manchester United match, as Spurs raced into a 4-1 lead at half-time.
United took the lead after just two minutes through Bruno Fernandes’ penalty but fell behind five minutes later thanks to goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Son Heung-Min.
Anthony Martial was sent off for swiping out at Spurs’ Erik Lamela before Harry Kane added a third for the north Londoners just seconds later.
Manchester United took the lead after two minutes but it was overturned five minutes later
The Red Devils were not helped by Anthony Martial (third right)’s red card for violent conduct
South Korean winger Son added a fourth just before the break and Evra even ordered Manchester United fans to stop watching the match.
An angry Evra told Sky at the interval: ‘I don’t want to comment on this game. It’s a catastrophe, we say in France. What is happening now?
‘My advice to any (Manchester United) fan now is to buy a Playstation, buy a player like (Jadon) Sancho or even (Lionel) Messi (for Manchester United) and start playing because this is a disaster.’
Evra ordered Manchester United fans to switch off for the second half and play Playstation
Evra took aim at Eric Bailly (right)’s poor defensive performance in the opening period
Much of United’s poor play in the first-half was down to their defensive frailties. Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly were all at sea for the four goals and Evra took aim at the latter after he was drafted into the side in place of Victor Lindelof.
The former defender said: ‘Bailly gets the chance to play instead of Lindelof and he made that mistake, so don’t cry after when you don’t play. It’s so naive.
‘I’m devastated and I’m a positive person. Right now I understand the pain of all United fans, no one of this team deserve to play right now.’
FULL-TIME: SKY ‘RESIGNATION’ AND ATTACKING THE BOARD
Spurs added two more goals in the second-half to round off an embarrassing afternoon for United, though nobody was prepared for the bombshell Evra was going to conjure up after the game.
The defender sensationally claimed United’s performance was so bad that he wanted to quit as a pundit for Sky.
On the verge of tears, Evra said: ‘Alexis Sanchez made a comment (about) when he first signed for United that after one training session he asked his agent to end his contract. That’s what I’m going to ask to Sky – to end my contract.
Evra threatened to quit his role as a Sky Sports pundit after the match because of the result
‘I know you have to filter when you talk on TV, but it’s a shambles.
‘I feel what all the United fans feel. That’s why I would prefer to commentate on different games other than United if I (am to) continue working for Sky.’
Many will point the finger at Manchester United head coach Solskjaer after the result, who is the club’s fourth manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Evra admitted he had sympathy for the Norwegian coach after the match and took aim at the club’s hierarchy who had not backed Solskjaer properly in the transfer market.
The Frenchman said: ‘I expected nothing (from this season). I feel sad, also for the manager. Now we’re gonna start to talk about him, he’s gonna be the next one (to leave) – but what about the board?
Evra claims he has sympathy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) after the humbling by Spurs
‘Every year since Ferguson, how many managers have been sacked? So that’s the solution?
‘Every time with transfers they don’t go with the right price. It’s like (if I go): “I’m going to buy a car, I know the price but I’m asking for less.”‘
Evra’s anger was so extreme that he believed several figures in the club warranted a ‘slap’ after the match and said he would be violent himself towards those culpable for United’s drop in form.
‘I’m really emotional now, what is going on with my club?’ he cried. ‘It’s difficult to break a man like me, I’m positive.
The former United man also slammed the club’s board, which contains Ed Woodward (left)
‘I don’t promote violence but many people need a good slap in this club right now. That’s what I’d do right now if I’m working at the club.’
Evra did not let up, however, about his disappointment in the United players, who he believes do not care about the shirt in the way he did.
The five-time Premier League winner concluded: ‘It’s about the body language, the love for that shirt, the passion, I don’t see any players understanding the shirt and that they are carrying on the history of the club.
Evra also criticised the United players for their poor body language throughout the match
‘Lindelof must be celebrating and having a party at home even if he’s got Covid. Bailly gets the chance to play and that happens.
‘It’s (like an) open bar, every team playing against United. Come on, come on. I’m really, really angry.’
Evra carried on his punditry duties for Aston Villa’s shock result against Liverpool on Saturday night, but his work was already done.