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Saturday 14 January 2012

Ferguson praises skipper Evra

Boss says French defender has performed admirably as Nemanja Vidic's stand-in

Evra (left) has skippered United in the absence of Nemanja Vidic

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the leadership skills of stand-in captain Patrice Evra.

French defender Evra has worn the captain's armband for the past seven matches following a cruciate liganment injury for first-choice skipper Nemanja Vidic.

Ferguson said that experienced players such as Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs also possessed leadership qualities, but said Evra - a regular starting choice for United - was the pick of the bunch.

"He’s very friendly and has got a good humour about him, but he’s also quite a determined lad."
- Sir Alex Ferguson

"I think one of your players who has been playing all the time should be in the forefront to be captain, and that was the case with Patrice," Ferguson said.

"He's a very popular player with a good personality, which is important to have if you’re captain of a club like ours.

"He’s very friendly and has got a good humour about him, but he’s also quite a determined lad."

Ferguson admitted that injuries to Ferdinand this season had influenced his decision.

"Rio would have been captain if he hadn’t had all those inconsistencies in terms of his injuries at the time," he said.

"He [Evra] has got different qualities to Rio. He’s not as voluble as Rio is, but certainly influences a lot of things, and his own team performance, for instance, is very good."

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Key Points

  • Evra has been captain during absence of injured Nemanja Vidic
  • Defender's form was factor in Ferguson's decision
  • Says French star is 'friendly' but 'determined' on the field