Ferguson’s Man Utd intervention after Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy fight

Patrice Evra has revealed how his first Manchester United training session was overshadowed by a fight involving Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Evra, who called time on his playing career last summer, enjoyed a glittering spell in the Premier League which began when he signed for Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils in January 2006.

The Frenchman went on to earn legendary status at Old Trafford, winning one Champions League title, the Premier League five times and the League Cup on three occasions.

And reflecting on his first experience of life in Manchester, Evra has detailed how Ferguson was forced to intervene when Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy almost came to blows.

"The first training session [I had at United] ended up with Ferguson having to stop the training session because Ronaldo was fighting with Van Nistelrooy," Evra said on United’s UTD Podcast.

"That was my first training session, I think we ended after only 30 minutes!

"I was feeling so good, I even scored a great goal, the boss was like, ‘wow, Patrice is ready’. But I don’t think I was ready."

The likeable Frenchman was handed his debut by Ferguson just four days after linking up with the Red Devils, starting the Premier League encounter at fierce rivals Manchester City.

But it was by no means an enjoyable experience for Evra, who was given a harsh reminder by his new manager.

"I will be honest, the first time Sir Alex Ferguson spoke with me was at half-time, the derby against Manchester City, my first game. He shouted at me, so many words," added Evra.

"The only thing I understood was, ‘you’re not coming back on the pitch, now you stay here and watch and learn English football’.


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