Patrice Evra thanks Manchester United as he completes his coaching badges

Amid the fallout from Manchester United’s cup exit, we have a positive story to report.

Patrice Evra says he has completed his coaching badges and is now looking to take his next steps towards management.

Evra wrote on Instagram that he has completed his UEFA A and B license courses.

The Frenchman thanked Manchester United for the club’s help in his journey after he spent time with the club’s academy players along the way.

Get ready for fireworks

If Patrice Evra’s coaching is anything like his playing style on the pitch, and his often offbeat off-field demeanour, get ready for an entertaining manager.

Evra worked with United’s academy players during the 2019/20 season and his learning was temporarily delayed by the lockdown.

Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images

Speaking to United’s website last year, Evra said: “I want to manage, it doesn’t matter [where]. To say which team I want to coach, I don’t know. I will take what the universe gives to me.”

The 2008 Champions League winner admitted in 2019 he had held talks over a possible coaching role at United in the future.

He told ESPN: “At the moment I’m only doing my badges. If I come back to the club it’s not just to put my face on it, it’s to make sure that the club is going back to being the best club in the world.

“As a player I sacrificed my life to succeed at this club. I don’t know which role I have but I will do the same.”

Management is his real ambition, and he knows it won’t be easy. Quoted by the Ligue 1 website he said: “Some players think that because they’ve had such a great career, they’re going to be top-level coaches.

“But no, you all start from scratch. So I’m starting from the beginning and working my way up. If you want to be a great manager, you have to start from scratch and forget the player you were.”

Whatever lies ahead for Evra we wish him the best. He has put the work in, and now needs a club to take a chance on him.

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