Gary Neville told Patrice Evra to "f*** off" after furious training ground row

Gary Neville once told Patrice Evra to "f*** off" following a high tackle during one of his first sessions after signing for Manchester United, according to the Frenchman.

Evra signed for United from French club Monaco in January 2006 and went on to make 379 appearances for the Red Devils in eight years at Old Trafford.

However, he caused a scene during one of his early training sessions with the club, almost breaking then captain Neville's neck with a high tackle.

This did not affect their relationship, though, with Evra saying that he and Neville still love each other 15 years on.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Evra reflected on the incident as he explained: "I had such a great relationship with Gary. When I arrived, he was the one coming with me, showing me around to find a house. What a great captain.

"But in the training ground one day, I get the ball, he tackled me and he also got my leg. I was on the floor and it was painful. I said to him, 'Gary – you don't say sorry?' And he gave me the 'F' word. I was like, 'OK'.

"So, the next ball, 20 seconds later, it was long diagonal, he controlled the ball with his chest and I just did like a Bruce Lee movement.

"I tackled him on his throat and he nearly did a backflip and broke his neck.”

However, Evra feels that his reaction to Neville's tackle on him earned him respect within the dressing room, as he also revealed that Wayne Rooney called him "crazy" in the aftermath.

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"Ferguson stopped the training session. Everyone was in. Wayne Rooney said, 'You're crazy! He could've died the way he fell'," added Evra.

"I said, 'Next time, he will say sorry!' Then Gary came inside the dressing room and was saying, 'What, are you crazy?!'

"I just said again, 'Gary, next time just say sorry'. I was calm, so they were all like, 'This guy, the way he's really calm, he's really dangerous', and I got so much respect after that.

"But I love Gary, and he loved me because of the way I spoke about United. He said I was like a Mancunian.

"Gary is really simple, if you love Man Utd, he will be your best friend."

Evra and Neville went on to play alongside each other 76 times for United before the latter retired in February 2011.

As for Evra, in his eight years with the club, he won five league titles, the Champions League, three League Cups and the Club World Cup.

He was also back at Old Trafford this week for a fan Q&A, where he stunned fans with a bizarre video that featured him eating grass from the pitch.

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