Phil Neville hails Patrice Evra

Manchester United's Patrice Evra celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter final match on April 9, 2014
Former Manchester United full-back Phil Neville hails the contribution that Patrice Evra made to Manchester United.

Phil Neville has paid tribute to departing Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra.

The French international arrived at Old Trafford in January 2006 and went on to win five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League once.

Having learned of Evra's switch to Juventus, former United defender Neville, who is expected to be given a role on Louis van Gaal's coaching staff at Old Trafford, described the 33-year-old as a "fighter and a leader".

"Great quotes from Patrice Evra about how he felt playing for man utd - he was fighter and a leader and a top left back," Neville wrote on Twitter. "Played every game, every season and never missed a training session - a proper player!"

Evra made a total of 379 appearances for United in all competitions.

Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs looks on alongside assistants, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville before the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on May 11, 2014
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