With 14 goals to his name already, Sir Alex Ferguson's judgement has already been proved sound, but it was at Southampton in August, in the aftermath of a 3-2 win in which Van Persie had scored a hat-trick, that Evra discovered the forward's stamp of class.
"The first thing he said when he came back to the dressing room was that he was really sorry for missing the penalty. That shows the hunger, humility and personality he has to win trophies.
"He is not just scoring for himself. He really wants the team to win something."