- Sep 23, 2014
Evra was much better in the air. It wasn't one of Irwin's strengths at all. But he rarely if ever got beaten in the air defensively at the back post.My memories of Irwin are fairly vague as I was a kid at a the time and was probably more interested in the forwards. How was he aerially? I remember Evra became really dangerous in the air in his last few years with us
He rarely won the header but was brilliant at taking up the ideal position to stop the attacker getting to the ball and would allow the ball to beat them both.
Nowadays the defensive side of playing full back is all about athleticism and having the speed to recover position. In Irwin's days it was all about positioning and being in the right place at the right time. He was brilliant at it.