Patrice Evra has taken a sensational swipe at Manchester United by questioning the commitment of their star players.
Evra swapped Old Trafford for Juventus this summer, bringing an end to a successful eight-year partnership with Manchester United. The left-back departed having garnered plenty of respect from fans and team-mates, but no sooner has he left that he is questioning his former club.
Manchester United have struggled since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and swapping David Moyes for Louis van Gaal appears to have changed little. This is despite the fact that the Dutchman spent almost £150 million bringing top talent to the club.
Evra admits that Manchester United now have a team stacked full of talent, but believes some players are simply not committed to the cause. He says that to succeed at Manchester United, you have to give it your all.
"Now there are so many strong players, but I do not know if they are for Manchester - for this club you have to sacrifice everything," Evra told Italian paper La Repubblica.
Evra was a key player for Sir Alex Ferguson and left Manchester United with five Premier League titles, three League Cup titles and one Champions League title. Despite the success he experienced as a Red Devil, Evra believes he has rediscovered an important aspect of football culture since moving to Juventus.
He admitted that now was not a time to reflect on his time at Manchester United, but to concentrate on the present.
Evra said: "That is the culture that I had rediscovered at Juve.
"I live in the present, because the past is a door to regrets and the future is one to anxiety. And I do not sell dreams to the fans, but, why not?
“It’s a competition that is so crazy that is seems incredible to have played in four finals.”
Evra was replaced by Luke Shaw at left-back for Manchester United, arriving from Southampton for a reported fee of £30 million. The England international finally made his debut against West Ham after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Shaw had been accused of lacking fitness by Van Gaal, but the left back admitted that the Dutchman was right to criticise him.
He is quoted in The Express as saying: "He was right to say what he said about me in pre-season.
"We had a discussion then and the plan for me was to get my fitness up. It worked, apart from the injury."