James Milner moved to Brighton this summer after leaving Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)
Patrice Evra faced some of the greatest players in history during his brilliant career for club and country and it is James Milner that stands out to him as the toughest opponent he came up against.
Playing at full-back at the highest level he faced some serious challenges from the world’s best wingers, but he remembers the task of meeting Milner as the toughest.
The former Liverpool and Manchester City man, who is currently at Brighton, has always been known for his work-rate, tenacity and intensity, which Evra admits was a nightmare to play against.
‘Every time people think I’ll say Ronaldo or Messi but it’s James Milner of Liverpool, because I’m an attacking full-back and he was defending me more than attacking. It was frustrating my game, always in the challenge, in the air,’ Evra told the Thinking Football summit.
‘He was playing for City, then after he went to Liverpool and every time at the end of the game I was frustrated. Even when I was going to the toilet he was following me to the toilet. He doesn’t stop, he’s so underrated. He’s a machine.’
Patrice Evra played for Manchester United from 2006-14 (Picture: Getty Images)
The 37-year-old signed for Brighton on a free transfer over the summer after his Liverpool contract came to an end.
He has not turned up at the Amex to be a bit-part player even at his age, starting three of the Seagulls’ opening four games of the season and coming off the bench in the other.
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