Patrice Evra has revealed his delight, and relief, at securing Manchester United's 19th league title - not least to avoid the 'hairdryer' treatment from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Defeat to Arsenal in May threatened to derail United's pursuit of the Barclays Premier League crown, but a win against Chelsea - and a point at Blackburn -ensured the Red Devils overhauled Liverpool's record.
In the wake of the loss to Arsenal, Evra explains, Ferguson questioned his side's desire to win the league - which inspired the players to bring the trophy home for their boss.
"After we lost at Arsenal he asked everyone whether or not they wanted to win the 19th title and break the record," said the French defender.
"'How many opportunities are you going to miss?' he said. 'You’re going to regret it if you don’t win it.' I was so pleased we got the point we needed at Blackburn, because if we hadn’t I think we would have got the hairdryer!"
United's latest triumph was Evra's 12th piece of silverware since moving to Old Trafford in 2006, and the 30-year-old now has his sights set on matching the success of Ryan Giggs.
"It’s going to be very difficult to do that," he added. "I’d have to play for another eight years and win every year – but why not? Giggsy is a legend, and if I can get anywhere near him it would be amazing."
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