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Why Manchester United don't need Leighton Baines

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Manchester United boss David Moyes has continued to track his old player Leighton Baines this summer.

The Red Devils have had bids rejected for the England international and are expected to make an improved offer in the near future. 

However, do Manchester United actually need the Everton star?

Well, despite his consistent form at Goodison Park, he wouldn't greatly improve the Red Devils squad. 

Why? Because of Patrice Evra. Despite a few suggestions that the Frenchman is reaching the twilight years of his career, at 32-years-old Evra still looks at the top of his game and can continue as United's number one left-back for at-least one more season. 

For this campaign, David Moyes should stick with Evra. The left-back is a crucial part to the United team and he offers a great deal in both defence and in attack. 

The Frenchman even had his best scoring season at Old Trafford in the last campaign as he notched up four Premier League goals. 

And, in the past four seasons in the league, Evra has made 38, 35, 37 and 34 appearances - this certainly doesn't sound like a player struggling for form or fitness.

Additionally, Evra has captained United on many occasions over the past couple of years and his authority and leadership in the Old Trafford changing room should not be underestimated. 

Moyes would be crazy getting rid of a man that has been such a constant figure in recent years. The Scottish manager, in his first season as boss of United, needs as many experienced leaders as possible and Evra is certainly one of them. 

So, there could be an argument that Baines should be signed to replace Evra for the 2014/15 season. 

But, would this really work? Could Moyes handle two players that are so used to playing week-in week-out?

Baines, potentially could be signed in another year, but by then youngsters Fabio and Alexander Buttner will have grown in maturity. 

Many forget that Fabio was handed a start in Manchester United's Champions League final defeat to Barcelona in 2011.

The young Brazilian's development may have slowed down in recent years, however him, and his brother, could still become the future of United's wing-backs.

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