Head to head: Patrice Evra (Man Utd) v Sylvinho (Barcelona)

Ollie Irish

27th, May 2009

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Patrice Evra (Man Utd)
Evra is the best left-back in the Premier League, and one of the best in the world. Most importantly, he has recovery pace to burn, so when he does make mistakes he almost always gets away with them. Comfortable on the ball, and never afraid to cross the halfway line, Evra will be instructed to get forward as often as possible, in support of Wayne Rooney. That way, United can keep Lionel Messi on the back foot.
In terms of mental strength, Evra is also first-class. He’s clearly a hugely self-confident man, so there’s no danger he’ll freeze on the big stage. An early yellow card, received after some moment of Messi magic, is a possibility though that would greatly reduce his effectiveness.
Mark: 8/10

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