Why Leighton Baines must demand Manchester United move

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez recently revealed that the club had rejected a bid from Manchester United for Leighton Baines.

The former Wigan boss also admitted that United's opening bid of a reported £12million was their final offer.

However, Baines' former manager Moyes is said to still be keen on bringing the England international to Old Trafford. 

If the Red Devils were to follow up their opening offer then it would be a clear sign that Moyes doesn't really fancy Patrice Evra - as he wouldn't sign Baines for over £12million and then confine him to the substitutes' bench.

The big dilemma for Baines is what he does next.

Baines can either push through a move to United by handing in a written transfer request, pledge his immediate future to his current side or sit tight and hope United come back in for him.

Baines will have next summer's World Cup campaign in the back of his mind, which could swing his decision either way.

Does the left-back stay at Everton, where he knows he is a guaranteed starter for the Merseyside club, or does he look to play at the highest level at Manchester United?

The champions would provide him with regular Champions League football if he was to steal the left-back position off of Evra.

If Baines was to take the Premier League and Champions League by storm - then it may swing the pendulum of who starts at left-back for England next summer in his favour.

His main competitor for the national team spot - Ashley Cole - is able to play against the best teams in the world due to Chelsea's participation in Europe's top competition.

If Cole is able to play well against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben and Neymar - then England manager Roy Hodgson would find it hard to drop the experienced Chelsea left-back.

That is why I believe Baines must demand a move to Manchester United if he wants to be handed the left-back slot next summer.

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