Vieira jumps to Evra's defence

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Manchester City's Elite Development Squad manager Patrick Vieira has leapt to the defence of Patrice Evra, following recent comments the Manchester United full-back made about the French media, reports Sport Witness.

According to Le Sport 10, Vieira explained in an interview with L'Equipe, that the Red Devils vice-captain has been hurt by the treatment he has received from certain members of the national press, which prompted an angry outburst last month.

"He was wounded by these attacks," said Vieira. "I like Pat because it is full. I understand that. Everyone does his job, but there are limits."

The Old Trafford ace took particular exception to criticism dished out by former professionals, including some that even played alongside the Manchester United defender in the France national team.

Vieira intimated that these individuals were opposed to the same treatment back when they were playing, but were quick to change their stance after they had retired, and praised Evra for speaking out about the issue.

"Some pundits are former football players who did not like at the time they are critical," he added. "Now they are on the other hand, they may have forgotten the effect it can have when you're player. This is what bothers me.

"Here in England Evra is a respected player with everyone. I also think he said what other players thought. He did it because he has warm blood and he had to come out."

The Manchester United left-back wasn't punished by the French Football Association for his recent comments, but did have to explain himself prior to Les Bleus' crucial 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off games against Ukraine.

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