According to the former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, he could deal with Lionel Messi but not with James Milner.
Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra won five Premier League titles, one Champions League title, one Club World Cup, three League Cups, and four Community Shields after eight years at Old Trafford.
And during that time he faced numerous footballers, including Lionel Messi and Aaron Lennon.
But the most difficult of them all was Liverpool’s James Milner.
“James Milner. I played against Messi many times in the wide position, and I won’t say he’s easy to mark, but I could deal with it,” he was quoted by Goal.
“It’s when he goes central, that’s when he’s dangerous because he can turn on the right or left.”
“James Milner, only because he could frustrate me because I’m an attacking defender and he’s following me everywhere and challenging me in the air and I would just get frustrated sometimes, ‘Just go and attack and leave me alone!'” he said.
“When I was playing the derby against Manchester City, I had him and then he went to Liverpool and I had him again. So yeah, the one who frustrated me the most was James Milner.”
“Of course, Lennon was the type of player that, if I wasn’t 100 percent fit, would run behind me, and defender’s hate when a player runs behind. Lennon’s quick movement was difficult to play against, but yeah, it’s James Milner,” Evra concluded.
Evra knows, Milner is the greatest winger of all time pic.twitter.com/OyisL9Uuax
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