Man Utd icon Patrice Evra picks James Milner over Lionel Messi as his toughest opponent | Football | Sport


James Milner was the most difficult player Manchester United icon Patrice Evra played against.

That’s what the Frenchman admitted on Monday Night Football.

Evra was a studio pundit for Arsenal’s clash with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

And after United’s 1-0 win over the Gunners, Evra discussed his own career in depth and was asked about the toughest player he played against.

Having turned out for Juventus, Marseille, West Ham and Monaco as well as the Red Devils, he had a wide pool of players to choose from.

Yet surprisingly, he admitted that veteran midfielder Milner was the most difficult opposition player he faced.

“James Milner, because he would frustrate me,” he said when asked who his toughest challenge was.

“I am an attacking defender and he would follow me everywhere, he would challenge me in the air.

“Sometimes I would say to him ‘just go and attack – leave me alone!’.

“When I was playing the derby against Manchester City I had him, then he went to Liverpool and I came up against him again.

“So for me, the one who frustrated me the most was James Milner.”

Evra was asked why he chose Milner over Lionel Messi – who he played against in three Champions League finals.

But the left-back insisted he chose Milner because of Messi’s unpredictability, hinting it was rarely his problem to deal with.

“I played against Messi many times.

“In the wide position, I wouldn’t say he’s easy to mark but I could deal with him.

“When he goes more central – that’s when he’s more dangerous because he can turn on the right and left.”

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