Patrice Evra recalls story of Sir Alex Ferguson refusing to sit on Man City branded seat

Man Utd’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson would never have moved to a rival like Rafa Benitez has in swapping Liverpool for Everton, exemplified by Patrice Evra’s story

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Rafa Benitez will never win over the Everton fans because of his Liverpool connections.

That is the stark warning from Manchester United legend Patrice Evra who claims Benitez was “courageous” for taking the job in the first place.

Everton manager Benitez already finds himself under pressure and their great rivals Liverpool could turn up the heat even further by winning the Merseyside derby.

Evra, talking ahead of Amazon’s round of Premier league fixtures, even recalled a story of how Sir Alex Ferguson insisted on a Manchester City logo being covered up before agreeing to sit down.

Evra said: “I think Benitez is a courageous man. Seriously. I couldn’t believe it until I saw it that he’s the manager of Everton. I don’t know what kind of reception he’s going to have (playing Liverpool) because he did such a great job for Liverpool.

Sir Alex Ferguson asked for the Man City badge to be covered up on his seat

“I’m worried for him. The fans I don’t think will forget. Suddenly when one thing goes wrong they are going to say, ‘Of course, he was Liverpool manager’. So it took a lot of courage to take the job.

“I could never see Sir Alex Ferguson taking a Champions League job. He went to a stadium to watch a game and asked them to cover the seat cos there was a City logo. I was there. It’s a true story. So I was surprised when Benitez took the job.”

Benitez famously won the Champions League for Liverpool but put his reputation on the line by taking over at Goodison Park in the summer.

Ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry shared Evra’s view and insisted that some divides are too big to cross as Tottenham fans never accepted Jose Mourinho as he was formerly in charge of Chelsea.

Henry added: “I agree with Patrice to a point about being brave taking the job. Other managers have done that. Harry Redknapp did Portsmouth and Southampton and that didn’t go down too well; Mourinho went to Tottenham. We all know Chelsea do not like Tottenham.”

Henry even laughed at the prospect of him one day becoming Spurs boss and added: “What?! That would never happen. Never in a million years. Even in a dream.”

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