Sir Alex Ferguson has beaming smile as he dines with ex-United star Patrice Evra

Sir Alex Ferguson was pictured smiling as he enjoyed a meal with his former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra and the Frenchman's family.

The pair dined together, along with Evra's partner and their child, in Manchester on Monday with Evra in the city having played in Soccer Aid on Saturday.

Ferguson signed Evra for United in 2006 from Monaco for £7million and the pair won 13 major honours together in eight seasons as Evra played 334 times.

Both Evra and Ferguson were integral to the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo back to United last week as they both personally contacted him to help with the deal.

Evra posted a picture of himself, his partner Margaux, their child and Ferguson enjoying lunch on his Instagram with a caption comparing the former United boss to the Pope.

"Me: We're going to have lunch with the Pope. Margaux Alexandra: Cool we going to Italy. Me: Nope he live in Manchester," wrote the former France defender.

Ferguson brought Evra to England 15 years ago and the pair enjoyed sustained success at Old Trafford as they won five league titles and the Champions League before Ferguson left in 2013.

The pair played important roles in convincing Ronaldo to return to United last week after it had appeared he may be close to joining rivals Manchester City.

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Ferguson reportedly phoned his former starlet and told the Portugal captain that he simply "cannot play for City" after he was linked with a move to the Etihad.

As for Evra, who has built a reputation since retiring for his antics on social media, he posted a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation with Ronaldo after United announced they had reached an agreement to re-sign him.

Evra was in Manchester having played in UNICEF's Soccer Aid charity match on Saturday night, playing for the Rest of the World as they beat England 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Ferguson still resides in the city after stepping down as United manager in 2013 and becoming a board member at Old Trafford.

As well as his role with the Red Devils, the 79-year-old also works for UEFA as a match analyst, a position he has held since 2014.

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