On this day in 2006: Patrice Evra joins Manchester United

Manchester United signed Patrice Evra from Monaco on a three-and-a-half-year contract, on this day in 2006.

The 24-year-old joined for £5.5million and endured a nightmare debut against Manchester City four days later as he was taken off at-half-time in a 3-1 defeat.

However, the France international soon made the left-back position his own at Old Trafford following Gabriel Heinze’s cruciate ligament injury earlier that season and he went on to make 379 appearances for the Red Devils.

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Evra won the Champions League in 2008 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Evra won 10 major trophies with United, including five Premier League titles, three League Cups, the Champions League, following a penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the final in 2008, and the Club World Cup.

On Evra’s arrival at Old Trafford, manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “He is a good age and he is still developing as a player, which is always exciting.

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Evra scored 10 times for Manchester United (Owen Humphreys/PA)

“We have been monitoring him all season and it is fantastic that he is joining Manchester United.”

Evra ended his eight-and-a-half year stay in Manchester in July 2014 following the arrival of Luke Shaw from Southampton and moved to Juventus.