Evra - Rafael will learn
Patrice Eva has backed United colleague Rafael to bounce back from his Champions League disappointment.
Last Updated: 15/04/10 11:00am
Manchester United's Patrice Eva has backed defensive colleague Rafael to bounce back from his UEFA Champions League disappointment.
The Reds Devils were primed to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League against Bayern Munich as they were leading the Bundesliga giants 3-1 at Old Trafford.
However, United finished the match a man light when Rafael, who had enjoyed a fine match until that point, was given a second booking for a needless tug on Franck Ribery's shirt.
First-team regular Eva insists the Brazilian youngster will learn from his mistakes and emerge a stronger player for the experience.
"It is a good experience for Rafael and he will definitely be a better player because of what happened," said Evra.
"When he gets some experience he will be different class. Rafa did something that maybe, with more experience, he would not do.
"I know Rafael's mentality. I am sure about him. He has a lot of hunger. The point is, you need to make mistakes to become a big player.
"This was just part of the development process. He will go on to become one of the best right-backs Manchester United have ever had."
Evra believes arriving at Old Trafford with experience benefitted him immensely, although it still took the best part of a year for the France international to adapt to the English game.
"When I came here I was 24. I was already playing with the French national team and had reached the final of the Champions League with Monaco," said Evra.
"But the first six months were difficult.
"It was a big slap in my face. But I had enough experience and character to do much better and show why Manchester United bought me from Monaco."