Patrice Evra faces biggest challenge yet at United

Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra has endured one of the most difficult years in his career so far, as he struggles to perform consistently at the highest level for club and country. The Metro reports.

Since joining Manchester United from Monaco in January 2006, Evra has stamped his authority on the left-back position and proved to be a real attacking threat down the left-hand side for United.

But the France international admits it has not always been plain-sailing during his time at Old Trafford.

He said: “When I hear people say ‘Patrice never had someone to fight him for his place’, I think they have bad memories.

“I fought with two great players in Gabriel Heinze and Mikael Silvestre.”

The 31-year-old now faces a fresh challenge from Alexander Buttner, who made an impressive home debut in this month’s 4-0 win over Wigan- scoring the Red Devils’ third goal.

Meanwhile, Evra’s defensive fallibilities have been highlighted in recent months, with the 2011/12 campaign arguably being his poorest season in a United shirt.

Evra was reinstated to the side in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield, but Buttner could start again when United host Newcastle in the Capital One Cup tomorrow night.