Evra names favourite Man Utd rivals to beat including team of ’11 babies’

Patrice Evra has chosen which of Manchester United's Premier League rivals he liked to beat most.

The Red Devils have a number of adversaries and the former left-back touched on them before making his pick.

United share a local rivalry with Manchester City, a battle to be the most successful club in England with Liverpool and their competition with Chelsea has become increasingly intense during this century.

However, the team Evra chose as his favourite to beat are arguably the side which has challenged United the most during the Premier League era.

That club is of course Arsenal, whom Evra recalls beating so many times that it was like playing "11 men against 11 babies".

“Arsenal… I remember when van Persie came,” Evra told the UTD Podcast. “He said: 'Come on Patrice, come on, you have to motivate everyone, it's an important game.'

“I was like, 'Robin, don't worry, those are my kids – we're going to win easy' and we won!”

The former France international used one example to highlight the gulf in quality between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger's teams.

Evra added: “You remember, I think it was after the Champions League, I made that comment when we won 3-1 at the Emirates [in 2009].

"We scored that great goal in counter-attack with Ji-sung Park, Rooney and Ronaldo, and the French journalists after the game were really like: 'Oh, the result doesn't reflect the philosophy of the game.'

“I was like: 'Are you serious? I just feel like today was 11 men and against 11 babies.' After that it was in the paper. 'Patrice is calling Arsenal babies!'

“But it's just the feeling… I respect so much this club, but it was just my feeling when I played against them – I know I'm going to win.

"I'll be honest with you, I played against this player, and after 34 minutes they were asking: 'Patrice, can we swap shirts at half-time?' So I was like: I've already won the game.”

Between the beginning of 2009 and the end of 2014, Arsenal won just one of 15 games against Manchester United.

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