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Patrice Evra’s West Ham United debut has been criticised by former AC Milan forward Christophe Dugarry.

In a bizarre rant when analysing the game for French television, the Birmingham City cult icon tore into the 36-year-old, who was making his first appearance since joining the Hammers on a free transfer.

“He was good that game, no? He lost 19 balls, late for everything,” Dugarry told SFR Sport.

“I found him very good. Well, I found him at his standard.

“It’s got nothing to do with him. I’m just looking at what he does on the pitch.

“Even if I don’t like the player or the man himself, I’m just looking at what goes on on the pitch.”

This continues the feud between the two ex-France internationals, following Evra’s own comments on Dugarry’s relationship with Zinedine Zidane on SFR Sport last year.

Whilst the full-back was not at his best at Anfield, it is important to judge his display in the context of playing against one of the in-form teams in the Premier League.

Evra had not played any competitive football for almost four months before the clash with the Reds, after being sacked by Marseille following an altercation with a fan in November.

He will doubtless hope to build form and fitness over the coming weeks, starting with a Premier League encounter against Swansea City on Saturday.

That fixture is something of a relegation six-pointer and the winner will take confidence into the closing stages of the season.

Following the trip to Wales, the Hammers host a Burnley side who have not won in 11 top-flight matches, before another candidate for the drop in Southampton visits the London Stadium on March 31.

Taking points from those three sides would put the Irons in an excellent position to secure their Premier League safety.

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