Manchester United star backed by Ferguson in crisis

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Manchester United's under-fire left-back, Patrice Evra, has received support from both the French players' union and Sir Alex Ferguson, the wake of the heated argument caused by his T.V interview, according to ESPN.

Evra has been at the centre of controversy after he branded four high profile critics, including former pros Bixente Lizarazu, Rolland Courbis and Luis Fernandez, and French journalist Pierre Menes, "tramps".

However he has been backed by the French players' union, and also praised by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 32-year-old full-back responded vehemently after Menes stated that he believed Evra would: "sell his mother," to get back into the French national side.

The French players' union however defended Evra, claiming that he had not had enough help from the French Football Federation (FFF).

"Why did the same press not rise up with the vehemence that we sometimes know to condemn the remarks of Pierre Menes, for example, mixing the family of the French international up with his desire to return to the team?" their statement read.

Sir Alex Ferguson also offered his support, though he did admit that he would have advised the former French captain against the mutiny during the 2010 World Cup.

Whilst in South Africa many of the senior players, Evra included, refused to train for then-coach Raymond Domenech after a heated dispute between Nicolas Anelka and the Domenech which resulted in Anelka being sent home.

Evra received a five-game ban from playing for his country and Ferguson stated that he would have told him to act differently had he been able to.

"I think it was unfortunate, the episode in South Africa in the World Cup finals, that he was captain then and had to take it all on himself to represent the players in terms of the training with the coach at the time," Ferguson said.

"If I'd have been able to get hold of him, I would have advised him not to do that at the time.

"But I never had a problem at all with Patrice. He was a terrific captain - a terrific professional."

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