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Evra: Chicken in my boot helped me secure Man Utd move!

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has revealed he played with chicken in his boots for four months!

The 37-year-old was reflecting on the incident which occurred at Monaco following the announcement of his retirement from football earlier this week.

"People talk about when we made the Champions League final in 2004, but the craziest part [of my career] at Monaco came after I had played a game for the French U21 team," Evra told The Players' Tribune.

"An opponent had stamped on my foot and damaged it badly. In hospital I told the Monaco coach, Didier Deschamps, 'It's too painful. I can't play. I can't even walk!'

"But the team needed me, so the doctors tried everything to take away the pain. Nothing worked. Then someone from the club staff said, 'Why don't you just go old school?'

"Everyone said, 'What do you mean?'

"He said, 'Just slide a chicken down his boot.'

"It sounded crazy but, you know me, I'm open minded. So I went to my local butcher. The butcher said, 'What do you want?'

"I said, 'A piece of chicken. But just a tiny one.'

"He said, 'A tiny one? How come?

"I said, 'I'm gonna put it in my boot.'

"He just laughed. I went home with the chicken. I ordered new boots: one in size 42.5, the other in size 44. I passed the ball. [It] felt okay. Painful, but okay. So I ended up playing with chicken in my boot for four months. I didn't train with it — my mother would never have forgiven me for wasting food — but before every game I would visit the butcher. 'Morning, Patrice. The usual, yeah?'

"The chicken enabled me to play so well that, in January 2006, I was signed by Manchester United."


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