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Patrice Evra to be offered chance to stay at Manchester United

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Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is viewed as an influential figure in the Old Trafford dressing room and will be offered the chance to stay at Old Trafford next season by the incoming boss, according to Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Evra is out of contract at the end of the season and was widely thought to have played his last game for United against Southampton last weekend, with no shortage of exit offers from the likes of Serie A giants Inter Milan and Juventus.

The 33-year-old is still attempting to decide where to play in 2014-15 but Van Gaal is hoping that he can help produce a remarkable u-turn and keep the French international as a figure of experience next season, particularly with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand already confirmed as star defenders heading for the exit door.

United's attempts to keep Evra are not thought to have any bearing on a bid to sign Southampton starlet Luke Shaw, with Red Devils executive vice-president Ed Woodward hoping to tie up a £27m deal before the World Cup gets underway next month.

Van Gaal wants Shaw and Evra to fight for a starting spot next season and is reportedly reluctant to allow another strong presence at the club to walk away for nothing this summer, but needs to be confirmed as United boss before plans can be made concrete.

The Netherlands coach has held extensive talks with Woodward and potential assistant manager Ryan Giggs this week, although an official announcement confirming him as United's new manager on a three-year deal is currently on hold so the 64-year-old can focus on Holland's friendly with Ecuador tomorrow night.

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