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‘Mancunian’ Evra admits he was ‘depressed’ after 2014 Manchester United exit

Patrice Evra has revealed he felt ‘depressed’ following his Manchester United exit five years ago.

The former France international joined Manchester United from Monaco in 2006 and spent eight seasons at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League during a trophy-laden spell at the club.

Following his retirement from football in July, Evra has returned to United as a youth coach as he bids to complete his coaching badges and has described the club as ‘home’.

The 38-year-old admits his time in Manchester led to him feeling ‘Mancunian’ and says the club is in his ‘DNA’, revealing he struggled to adapt following his departure from the club to join Juventus in 2014.

“I left for personal reasons and joined a big club like Juventus,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports. “It was really weird for me in the first few months to wear their shirt.

“Even if I am a funny and positive guy, I was a little bit depressed for a few months. I couldn’t accept the fact that I had to leave United. I’m a Mancunian and I’m happy to be home.

“When I’m back here it feels like home. Even if I have to finish as a groundsman, I will. United is in my DNA.”

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