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My competitor? My prodigy! Patrice Evra ‘unselfish’ in helping leftback rival Alex Buttner settle at Manchester United

By Dean Wilkins

It’s one thing having the backing of fans and your boss, but receiving praise from the man whose job you’re hunting is a rare blessing, as Patrice Evra hails Manchester United youngster Alex Buttner.

The French fullback’s understudy has been a capable filler in his debut season after sealing a £4million summer move to Old Trafford from Vitesse.

And while signing a younger leftback may have been seen as the beginning of the end for Evra, the Reds vice-captain maintains his desire to guide Buttner to becoming the club’s new talent.

“I told him when I first arrived here, in my first six months the Old Trafford pitch looked like an airport!” Evra told United Review.

“It was so big and you had to run so much it felt like my legs burned after games. But that’s normal at first. You need at least six months to adapt to playing here.”

With regular stints as club captain in place of injury-battler Nemanja Vidic, and a former French skipper, Evra knows that supporting young talents is more important than personal glory.

“I always try to help Alex because I am a United player, not just Patrice Evra,” he added. “I want the benefit for the team. If it’s me that is playing well or Alex Buttner, I will be happy.

“I don’t just say that to look good. It’s the truth. I’m not a selfish player and I would hope any of my teammates would tell you the same thing. I think Alex sees that I’m not a bad guy and I want to help him.”

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