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Patrice Evra poised for Manchester United return

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Manchester United are in discussions with former captain Patrice Evra about the possibility of a surprise Old Trafford comeback in January.

According to reports in Italy, the 33-year-old - who left the Red Devils to join Juventus on a free transfer during the summer - could make a shock return to the Premier League giants at the turn of the year.

Louis van Gaal is believed to have approached the France international in recent days to sound out his interest in making a short-term switch, to act as cover for injured left-back Luke Shaw.

Eurosport Asia cites a story in La Gazzetta dello Sport which suggests that Juventus are open to the idea of Evra leaving Turin following his disappointing start to life with the Serie 'A' champions.

Massimo Allegri is ready to recall Paolo De Ceglie from his loan spell at Parma, in the belief that the 28-year-old will be able to suitably replace the former Red Devils star, who seems to have struggled to adapt to his new surroundings.

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Evra has failed to cement his place in the Juventus team and recently suffered a thigh injury which also kept him out of action and halted the experienced defender's progression.

It's a far cry from the successful eight year spell that the veteran Frenchman enjoyed in England, where he won five Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United.

A return to familiar surroundings might help get his dwindling career back on track, though it's unlikely that he'll have a major role to play at Old Trafford once Shaw has made a full return to fitness.

Marcos Rojo - another summer signing from Sporting Lisbon - is equally capable of operating on the left side of defence, so Van Gaal could always turn to him as cover. But, given the Red Devils' current injury problems in central defence, the Dutch coach can't really afford to shuffle the Argentina international across his backline, hence why he's being linked with a move for Evra.

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