The little-known Italian coach was in charge of Nice during the 2000-01 campaign as Evra tried to make his mark on the left wing.
Despite frequent rows over the issue, Evra ended up getting a move to Monaco on the back of his impressive performances, featuring in a Champions League final before arriving at Old Trafford in a £5million deal during the 2006 January transfer window.
"When I first started out, I was an attacker," he recalled. "One day, when I was at Nice, the coach asked me to play left-back. I told him he was mad - so he told me I would be out of the team if I didn't.
"First and foremost, I do now think of myself as a defender but I still like to go forward when I get the chance."