Patrice Evra’s cheeky throw-in vs Man City in 2011 remembered


The Manchester derby between United and City at Old Trafford in February 2011 is, of course, best remembered for Wayne Rooney’s stunning late winner.

Rooney’s acrobatic effort past Joe Hart was voted the greatest goal in Premier League history in 2012 and is still replayed time and time again.

However, Rooney’s spectacular goal isn’t the only incident from that game that has racked up millions of views on YouTube over the past decade.

Rooney might have scored the best goal of the Premier League era but Patrice Evra produced a contender for cheekiest throw-in during the same half.

Ryan Giggs went to take a throw before handing the ball to Evra.

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The teammates exchanged a quiet word before Evra threw the ball on to Giggs’ back and resumed play.

Man Utd fans who had a great view of the funny incident burst out laughing.

Watch the clip here:

Now that is cheeky!

On Giggs’ birthday in November 2016, Evra shared the clip on Instagram, describing it as “the best skill ever”.

That’s a big shout, Patrice.

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The retired French left-back wrote: “When Giggsy was 39 years old and I saw him out in training even though I had a pain… I will ask the doctor to give me an anti-inflammatory to train because otherwise I would have been ashamed of myself to not train…”

But should the throw-in have been allowed to stand?

The referee had an excellent view and didn’t seem to think it was a foul throw, but it certainly looks dubious.

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