Evra is named as the man who turned things around at halftime.
France trailed Belarus 1-0 at halftime during their recent World Cup qualifier, but a speech during the break from Manchester United’s Patrice Evra inspired the nation to a 2-4 victory.
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery scored a brace in the second half and the 30-year-old says it was the words from Evra that turned things around.
“We had a real talking to from Patrice Evra at half-time which did everyone a lot of good,” Ribery was quoted by FourFourTwo.
“It was a man’s speech.
“He told us that if we wanted to make second place, we had to show a different face.”
Evra’s reputation among the national side and with the French press was at an all-time low during the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
The left-back was among a group of players that revolted and after elimination in the group stages the United star was handed a five-match international ban.
However, it’s said that Evra’s involvement was portrayed in an unfairly bad light and that the 32-year-old is a big influence among the national team.
There were some question marks over the full-back’s future at Old Trafford, as the Premier League champions looked into signing both Leighton Baines from Everton and Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao.
This is despite the fact Evra enjoyed one of the France international’s best seasons at the club in 2012/13 and at one stage it seemed the defender may rejoin former club AS Monaco.
Yet the Frenchman remains the No.1 choice at left-back for United and will be looking to build on an impressive haul of five league titles and a Champions League triumph, during manager David Moyes’ first season at the club.
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