As he prepares for his second clash against the A-League All Stars side, new Juventus signing Patrice Evra says Australian football is improving evidenced by the Socceroos' performance at Brazil 2014.
"Australia had a great World Cup and they deserved to win against Holland I believe," the French international told the media on Friday at the Sydney Opera House.
"I'd always thought Australia was a rugby country, but football is really developing here and Juve are extremely popular."
Last year Evra was in Sydney in the red of United against the A-League All Stars, and now he will play in the black and white of Juventus against the same opponent.
He admitted it was hard to leave United but is relishing a new challenge with the Italian champions.
"We have to win the league again," he declared.
"Four times in a row is not easy, we couldn't do it at Manchester United, plus we have to do well in the Champions League.
"We are doing everything to get ready ... we want to do our best to win everything. That is our target."
Fresh from a huge 8-1 win over an Indonesian Select XI on Wednesday night, Evra warned his team-mates to expect a difficult match when the Italian champions take on the A-League All Stars on Sunday night.
Despite the Red Devils coming away from last year's match against the Ange Postecoglou-coached All Stars with a 5-1 victory, the French international expects a torrid battle against Josep Gombau's side at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
"I remember last year it was not an easy game. It will definitely be a tougher game than the one we played in Jakarta," Evra said.
After starting off the bench in Jakarta on Wednesday night, the experienced left-back is expected to start against the All Stars.
It means the likes of Youssouf Hersi, Bernie Ibini and Storm Roux can expect a busy night down the right wing for the home side.
"The Australian players are getting better. Last year when I came with Manchester United we won the game (5-1) but it was not an easy game," said Evra.
"We scored really early and it was a difficult opponent. That's why I will make sure I will tell my team it will be a different opposition than we had in Jakarta."
Having come to Australia now for a second time, Evra didn't rule out returning in the future, perhaps for a stint in the A-League.
"You never know. My friend William Galllas finished his career in Australia so you never know," he said when asked.comments