Patrice Evra has thanked 'all real Marseille fans' for the support he has received in the wake of last week's incident which saw him suspended by the Ligue 1 side after aiming a kick at one of the club's supporters.
This was the night when France began to heal before our very eyes, a night when La Marseillaise was sung louder than it has ever been sung, a night when Antoine Griezmann became a national hero — and when Les Bleus dramatically and deservedly reached the final of Euro 2016.
The Old Lady of Italian football — not to mention one or two of its old men — is long overdue a European trophy; and after Carlos Tevez inspired Juventus to a 2-1 Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Real Madrid there is a growing feeling that this could finally be their year.
Analysing the quality and potential of Manchester United under Louis van Gaal is proving a complicated process, as his players come to terms with new tactics, new team-mates and new challenges; but it may well become a little easier after a fixture against Everton tomorrow that has been an interesting barometer of United’s health in recent years.
Manchester United’s scattergun approach to the transfer window, which has seen chief executive Ed Woodward widely lambasted, delivered an unexpected bullseye on deadline day with the arrival of Radamel Falcao, but also delivered a risky potential sale of Danny Welbeck to top-six rivals Arsenal that drew criticism from Old Trafford fans.
Having been battered from pillar to post for his failures in last summer’s transfer window, Ed Woodward’s promise of a fluid budget for the new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal represents a rigid dichotomy between the approach under David Moyes, even if such grand promises could easily become the sword Woodward falls upon.