Patrice Evra defends Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus aim several graves at the Manchester United star

Patrice Evra believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to be ‘loved and respected’ was the driving factor in him leaving Juventus and returning to Manchester United.

The Portuguese star returned to Old Trafford late in the summer transfer window after spending three years in Turin after replacing Real Madrid with Serie A.

Ronaldo maintained his reputation as one of the world’s best players ever during his time in Italy, helping Juventus to two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a few Supercoppa victories.

Since his departure, however, the 36-year-old has faced some criticism from his former teammates, as well as Juve chairman Andrea Agnelli, after an overwhelming last season.

Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini have both directed excavations at Ronaldo, with the former saying: “We had lost this quality. [playing as a team] from Juve we played with a great champion like Ronaldo and we wanted to put him in a position to always do well and thought he could solve all the matches.

“This year, we rediscover the right humility that it serves to regain victory.”

Chiellini added: “If he had passed away on August 1, we would have had time to prepare better.”

However, former United and Juventus defender Evra believes that Ronaldo’s decision to leave Italy came about because he was made a “scapegoat” for the Turin giants’ poor form last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskj√¶r’s Manchester United came back from a week of intense pressure by beating Spurs 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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In a speech to La Repubblica, Evra said: “He needs love and respect.

“He had understood that in Turin he was becoming the scapegoat for Juventus’ poor results.

“But many forget that it is not easy to win in Serie A. [Andrea] Agnelli’s goal is to win the Scudetto every year, not the Champions League. “

Evra added: “Allegri’s words also played a role in Ronaldo’s exit.

“He said ‘Ronaldo will not play all games’, there is no need to say it in public, just keep it private because Cristiano is influenced by things like this.”

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