Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has revealed he and Rio Ferdinand still mocked Patrice Evra during his shock derby day debut in 2006.
The Frenchman went on to become one of the best left-backs in Premier League history but struggled in his first appearance for the club after joining Monaco in 2006 for £5.5million.
His initial impression at Old Trafford was less than ideal as he fell apart against rivals Man City.
Evra enjoyed a torrid spell in a 3-1 loss to City in January 2006 and it was a performance that some of his team-mates could not forget.
And Rooney admitted that he and Ferdinand didn’t let him live.
He told The Times: “It was a great game for the fans, but from a player perspective the games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool were more important – Liverpool, because they were Liverpool (especially for me in as Scouser), and Chelsea and Arsenal because you knew they would be so tough and intense.
“In fact, my first derby was completely unforgettable. I came on as a substitute for the last 13 minutes of a 0-0 draw; I have a pretty good memory of most games I’ve played, but my mind is blank about this one.
“I remember my second derby, though. We won 2-0 at the Etihad and I opened the scoring when Gary Neville played in a low cross. It took a small deflection from Richard Dunne and I got to the near post and scored with my right foot.
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“You only have to look at the City squad that day to understand how they have changed as a club, and my first 12 Manchester derbies in the league brought eight wins and just one defeat.
“It was January 2006, at the Etihad, when Patrice Evra made his United debut and Fergie hung him up at half-time after Trevor Sinclair ripped him to shreds. I remember, after the match, having talked about him with Rio Ferdinand. “Who is it? He is awful! We both laugh about it with Patrice now.
“He turned out to be an incredible signing, but I think he and Nemanja Vidic – who had also just signed and struggled – struggled to cope with the intensity of Premier League games and training. They got up to speed, but I remember during the first month of training they were dying after each session.
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