Ji-sung Park and Patrice Evra still remain very good friends from their time at Manchester United. You would gather as much from the Frenchman’s social media postings which keep us entertained at Stretty News.
The South Korean has revealed that with the help of video games he made a friend for life.
Casting his mind back to his United days, Park, no an ambassador for the club, spoke about how his relationship with Evra blossomed.
“At first we didn’t get together at all,” the former United midfielder told the club’s official website. “After that, I don’t really know how it happened, but we just slowly started to grow closer.
“He moved to Alderley Edge and later suggested that I did too, so we lived near each other, plus also we bonded over video games.
“At that time I think we were both playing Pro Evolution Soccer. Once we started playing that, we would often get together at each other’s house to have dinner, play games and we just grew closer like that.
“I didn’t speak French, he didn’t speak Korean and neither of us spoke great English, so I guess the language of football helped!”
Only yesterday I was watching an old interview Evra did with Park during one of the previous pre-seasons. My partner, who knows all about the Frenchman through his Instagram feed, noted how his English has come along since then.
That surely helped him become a leader in the United dressing room. His character grew significantly during his time at the club.
He added: “For those first few months he was quite quiet around the club. That didn’t last too long! He needed to know everything and everyone before he showed his full character.
“When he knew the club, knew the players, he was more comfortable then and everybody got to see that he had a huge personality and he became a big influence in the dressing room.
“Patrice is loud. Everyone knows this now. Probably in the top three in that group. Rio, Gary, Patrice. I think everyone would guess that those three were the loudest in that dressing room!”
Evra is not one of my favourite footballers to follow on Instagram. His videos bring positive to your timeline and it’s great to hear that Park and himself are still good mates.
And if you want another laugh this morning, one former Liverpool player made an absolute blunder during BT Sport’s commentary of the Bundesliga at the weekend. “Dortmund are in decent form,” he said, ignoring the fact that no-one has played in two months!
A rather fitting quote of the day. Maybe Evra should upload a Monday video to Instagram about it!