Patrice Evra has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson told him Cristiano Ronaldo would “99 per cent” return to Manchester United shortly before announcing his shock retirement.
Evra, who left United last summer to join Juventus, says Ferguson informed the left-back he would stay on as manager for another five years before stunning him with the news of his planned Old Trafford departure in 2013.
The France international described it as a “big trauma” that made him feel lost.
Regarding an emotional last few months under Ferguson at United, he told The Sunday Times: “I remember we talked maybe two weeks before [he announced his retirement] and he said ‘Patrice, I will be here for another five years.’ I said ‘yes boss, let’s do it’. I was so convinced. He was looking younger and younger.
“He even told me ’99 per cent, Cristiano Ronaldo will come’. I was like ‘wow, we are ready to bounce back and to even win the Champions League again’. After that everyone knows what happened. You know when you are lost and you feel like the world is crumbling? It was a big trauma. I felt lost.”