Alexander Buttner's super-show at home to Wigan last weekend earned him plenty of plaudits, with United fans thrilled Patrice Evra finally has some competition for the left-back spot.
One for the (near) future no doubt, but Sir Alex Ferguson still opted to back the experienced Evra against Liverpool, where he faced the sprightly Raheem Sterling.
So how did he fare? Here's a look at the reaction from United fans on Twitter, and it was far from unanimous...
@teeekae: Evra put in a solid performance.. The defence was on point., today
@redsnout: Mediocre performance but back four, esp Rio and Evans, imperious. Proud of Evra, reliant and dignified. Front four will only get better.
@harrishawari: poor performance from evra
@hamsachicharito: On todays performance nani and evra need to go
@danviquerat: Terrible performance again but 3 points!! Kagawa looked lost! Evrais awful! But thought carrick was brilliant!
@andywindus: Evra, another woeful performance
@immelsoo: Another weak performance from Evra and Nani, and the midfield as usual got owned again before Shelvey got sent off.
@180jonty180: Should of played Buttner , Evra has horrid
@neymarshaircut: Patrice Evra was awful today. Mistake after mistake after mistake. Worst player on the pitch.
@maddyhfc: Some fans want to dispense with players too quickly, don't play Evracos Buttner played one game. We don't need WR we've got RVP and Kagawa
@heiisenberg: Nani was so bad. Glad he was taken off. Even Evra was decent. MOTM for me was Rio though. Was so solid at the back. RVP and Kag were quiet.
@thomassmccarthy: Also Evra is very good going forward but is sometimes lost defending! I like him, he just isn't the player he was a few years ago.
So what do you think? Did Evra play well yesterday? And can he avoid being phased out by Buttner this season?
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