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Man Utd 2008 Champions League winners have WhatsApp group chat as Patrice Evra reveals stars miss dressing room banter

MANCHESTER UNITED'S 2008 Champions League winners banter 'every two minutes' in a WhatsApp group set up to keep their good times alive.

Old Trafford legend Patrice Evra hailed the all-time great team, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, as a 'family' full of laughter.

The ex-France left-back revealed Rio Ferdinand put the chat group together, containing most of the players who won the Premier League three times in a row from 2006 to 2009.

Nemaja Vidic, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Carlos Tevez were amongst its world-class stars - in possibly the closest United have come to a Galacticos XI.

And Evra told Amazon Prime Video's winter sports schedule launch: "For many players, when they retire, what we miss the most is the dressing room. 

"All the banter, all the stories. Everything happens inside.

“I spoke with [Edwin] van der Sar when he retired and I said, ‘how are you doing?’ And he said, ‘Patrice, I just miss you guys’.

“We are lucky, the United group - we still have a WhatsApp group. 

"We are everyone, so every morning we just laugh off each other. We have still got that.

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“It is most of the players from 2008 when we won the Champions League. It is really active. Every two minutes. 

"Rio created it. We just keep connected and have a laugh. It was not just a team, it was like a family.”

Fellow team member Gary Neville believes the 2008 side was United's - and manager Alex Ferguson's - best ever, even eclipsing their 1998–99 Treble winners. 

Ex-England defender Neville said: "Edwin Van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez - you could put them in any team in the world.

“I don’t think Manchester United have ever had a team that had so many world-class players, and I look back at all the teams in history.

“Of course, there has been world-class players at Manchester United but to have eight, almost nine best in position in the world at that time, it was an unbelievable team.”