‘Manchester United will always remain in my heart’ – Evra’s message to fans after Juventus move

first_imgThe 33-year-old completed his £1.5 million switch to the Italian giants on Monday and is adamant that United will get back to winning trophies after a difficult 2013-14 campaign.He wrote, in a statement posted on the club’s official website: “After a great deal of thought I have decided the time is right for me to leave Manchester United. It is the biggest decision of my career as this club is, and will always remain, in my heart.”Joining and playing for Manchester United has been a privilege, a dream come true and my time here has been so memorable. Through the good times and the bad times we have all stuck together and remained loyal. I have always said you don’t just join Manchester United, you join the family and long may that tradition continue.”This club is steeped in history and I feel privileged to have become a part of that. Over the past nine years I have met and worked with some incredible people, many of whom will remain friends for life. I would like to thank everyone at the club – teammates, coaches and in particular all the staff who made every single day in Carrington or at Old Trafford a special day.”An immense thank you to Sir Alex Ferguson for making it all possible, for giving me the privilege to be a captain, to be inspired by the legend of Manchester United and to understand that nobody is bigger than the club.”My biggest thanks go to the fans. We have had some fantastic times together, we lifted all of those trophies together and that night in Moscow will live with us all forever. Every single time I stepped out in that shirt I knew I was playing for the badge and for a very special club. “My passion for this club will live on and I know you guys will go on to enjoy more success in the coming seasons.”last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams survives scare as Meghan Markle roots her on

first_imgFIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEWilliams – 54Juvan – 65PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEWilliams – 77/52Juvan – 60/55TOTAL POINTSWilliams – 81Juvan – 73 Williams was far from her best against Juvan, an 18-year-old Slovenian, but showed fighting spirit to book a place in Round 3 after dropping the opening set.Juvan, a girls’ doubles champion two years ago at the All England Club, won through three qualifying rounds to make the main draw for the first time, and beat Kristyna Pliskova in her opener. Related News Serena Williams was given a right royal Wimbledon scare before battling past teenager Kaja Juvan.Watched by her friend Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, Williams scraped through, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, Thursday on No. 1 Court. Wimbledon 2019: Defending champ Angelique Kerber stunned by American Lauren Daviscenter_img Wimbledon 2019: Brit dumps mixed doubles partner — via text — for Coco Gauff A performance fit for Royalty…#Wimbledon | @serenawilliams pic.twitter.com/Wc3PvKl2bl— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2019Williams, jolted by her slow start, looked down at the court frequently, perhaps concerned by how the grass has already begun to look heavily worn by Day 4 of the championships.But once she moved up a gear, there was little doubting the outcome, Williams relieved in the end to come through.”I thought she played well,” Williams said of Juvan. “She returned well. I wasn’t hitting any big serves.”I couldn’t even ace her during the match because she was really reading the returns. She played well and I started out a little slow.”Her 105th match at #Wimbledon is a winning [email protected] is pushed all the way by 18-year-old Youth Olympics gold medallist Kaja Juvan to advance to the third round pic.twitter.com/qi8xr6PyLv— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2019With pressure mounting, Williams was relieved to go through the gears.”It brings the best out of me — I like the pressure,” she told BBC Sport. “I play my best when I’m down sometimes, so I’m just a fighter and I never give up.”Asked about her mixed doubles partnership with Andy Murray, Williams added: “I’m excited to play with a British icon like Andy. It’s going to be incredibly amazing.”Honestly, I feel really honored to share a court with him. Maybe I could learn a thing or two — I’m always open.”STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNSerena Williams [11] bt Kaja Juvan 2-6 6-2 6-4WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSWilliams – 25/26Juvan – 12/23ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSWilliams – 6/5Juvan – 4/3BREAK POINTS WONWilliams – 4/10Juvan – 3/3last_img read more