It is common knowledge that David Moyes is in the hunt to find a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra, United's long-serving left back. 

He was keen to agree a combined deal for Everton duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, but Roberto Martinez only let the latter depart for Old Trafford. Evra had earlier stated that he would not renew his contract due to 'personal reasons',but later retracted his statements. 

Baines seemingly has everything a left back must possess. He crosses the ball well, and is also very useful in a dead-ball situation. He bombs forward to support his team mates in attack, and is resolute at the defensive end.

He is noted by some critics to be the best left-back in the Premier League at the moment. However, in my mind at least, if United are looking for long term replacements they must not splash the cash on a 29-year-old who at most will provide them with two to three seasons of top quality football.

Enter Alex Sandro. He initially plied his trade with Brazilian clubs Santos and Atletico Paranaense. He won an impressive amount of individual honours before then being picked up by Porto for €9.6million.

Along with team mate Danilo at right back, and power-house centre back Eliaquim Mangala, Porto has the most stringent defence in the Portuguese domestic league. 

Sandro is only 22-years-of-age, is strong and capable of balancing attacking and defensive responsibilities. He would provide some much needed stability and strength to United's defence.

United are more than capable of meeting his buy-out clause, and he would be a sensible buy in January or the summer transfer window. He can be a long-term solution to United's defensive woes, and will quickly establish himself as a force to be reckoned with.

With Southampton wonder-kid Luke Shaw having seemingly committed his long-term future to the Saints, Alex Sandro would be a welcome replacement, and a better option than Leighton Baines if David Moyes has the future in mind.

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