Patrice Evra Shares Sir Alex Ferguson's Incredible Champions League Final Team Talk
The whole Manchester United team got goosebumps following Sir Alex Ferguson's rousing team talk before the 2008 Champions League final, Patrice Evra has revealed.
Evra announced his retirement on Monday. The 38-year-old officially called time on his illustrious career as he plans to move into coaching.
During his playing days, the decorated left-back won five Premier League titles, three FA Cups not to mention the Champions League in 2008.
And writing for The Players' Tribune, Evra has recalled the extraordinary team talk Sir Alex gave in the dressing room moments before walking out against Chelsea in Moscow.
"Anyone can be happy - anyone can love this game. Without this mindset, I would probably still be sitting outside a shop in Paris, begging for money to buy a sandwich."@ManUtd legend Patrice @Evra shares his story.https://t.co/vTVGztB04Z
- The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) July 30, 2019
"We were in the dressing room when the boss came in. As usual, the music stopped. You could hear a pin drop. Then Ferguson said, 'I've already won....'
"We looked at each other. He said, 'I've already won. We don't even need to play this game.'
"We were like, 'What is he talking about? The game hasn't even started.'
"Then Ferguson turned to me. 'Look at Patrice,' he said. 'He's got 24 brothers and sisters. Imagine what his mother had to do to put food on the table....'
"Then he turned to Wayne Rooney. 'Look at Wayne. He grew up in one of the toughest parts of Liverpool....'
"Then he turned to Park Ji-sung. 'Look at Ji, he's come all the way from South Korea....'
"As the boss talked about our stories, we began to realise that he was referring to a fellowship. We were not just a football team - we were people from every corner of the world, from all kinds of cultures and races and religions. And now we were there, together in a dressing room in Moscow, fighting for a common cause. Through football, we had become brothers.
"'THIS is my victory!' Ferguson said.
"We all got goosebumps. Then we went out and won the Champions League. That's Manchester United. That's why I love this game."
An incredible insight into the United dressing room before they raised European silverware.