Plenty of players have come and gone through Manchester United’s doors over the years, but it’s fair to say that few are remembered with as much affection as Patrice Evra. The Frenchman, who joined the club in January 2006 from Monaco and spent eight years at Old Trafford left English football for Juventus in 2014, but is still fondly remembered at a club he clearly adored.
It’s interesting then, that renowned United writer and founder/editor of the United We Stand fanzine Andy Mitten has penned a piece suggesting that Evra could be a potential short-term fix when it comes to the team’s issues at left back. Rio Ferdinand has offered further fuel to the speculation by taking to his own Instragram account to ask his former teammate if the rumours are true.
Not that Jose Mourinho doesn’t have options; Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo have all been used there at some point this season, but Mitten suggests that Evra’s experience, know-how and enduring ability could be of use to the Portuguese manager.
Any deal to bring Evra back to United likely wouldn’t be lengthy; he’s 35, and Juventus aren’t desperate to see him go, but as options go, Evra would fit the bill. As mentioned, he’s vastly experienced, he knows the club inside and out and would provide, in Mitten’s own words, passion. Given that United are facing a mammoth fixture list in the second half of this season, the addition of a quality option at left back wouldn’t be unwelcome, and should it be Evra, it’s a move that would be guaranteed to go down extremely well within the club’s fanbase.