first_imgThe left-back played for United from 2006 to 2014, winning five Premier League titles and one Champions League crown among a host of honours.But the 38-year-old, who had a short-term deal with West Ham last season, didn’t always enjoy a smooth ride at Old Trafford.Evra had told Woodward he intended to leave United when his contract expired at the end of the 2013-14 season, but after initially accepting his decision, Woodward announced he had triggered a one-year contract extension against the player’s wishes.Evra went ballistic and threatened Woodward when he spoke to him about the deal.Two months later the defender, then 33, joined Juventus for £1.2 million.“Before the end of that season Ed told me: ‘Patrice, you’re going to stay for another year because we’ve got an option in your contract,’” Evra told Sky Sports on Tuesday.“But I told him I needed to leave because of family reasons. He shook my hand and said he understood. Then in May I was having dinner in Dubai on my birthday and had a text from my agent.“He told me to go somewhere quiet and sent me a message with the statement from United saying they were pleased to renew my contract for another year. I went mad, I was really disappointed.“I called Ed and swore on the phone, even threatened him. He said I couldn’t talk to the director of football like that and that he was going to fine me.“After that Ryan Giggs called and said I couldn’t leave just because of one man, but it gave me an excuse to leave. I’d already said to my wife we were going to leave, but inside I didn’t ever really feel I could. That gave me a little push.”Evra’s revelation of the Woodward bust-up came on the same day he admitted his success in football was inspired by his humble childhood.“I had nothing. We had nothing. But I was living as if I had everything,” Evra wrote in the Players’ Tribune.“If I could tell you one secret about my life, this would be it. Anyone can be happy — anyone can love this game. Without this mindset, my friend, I would not be sitting here as a recently retired left back who played for France, Juventus and Manchester United.“I would probably still be sitting outside a shop in Paris, begging for money to buy a sandwich.“I’m not joking. When I grew up in Les Ulis, a commune in the Paris suburbs, I was living with my parents and some of my brothers and sisters. I have 24 of them.“So we were about a dozen people in the same house. My father was providing a lot of our income through his job as an ambassador.“That’s what took our family from Senegal, where I was born, to Brussels and then to Les Ulis. But when I was 10 he divorced my mother. He took the sofa and the TV and even the chairs.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Patrice Evra has revealed a furious row with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 30 – Patrice Evra has revealed he threatened Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward during a heated row over his future at the club in 2014.Former France defender Evra retired from football on Monday after a glittering career that included an eight-year spell with United.last_img read more