Manchester United must keep Patrice Evra next season

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Manchester United's struggles in a difficult Premier League campaign to put it mildly have left the long-term futures of just about every experienced player at Old Trafford under question.

Current United club captain Nemanja Vidic has already confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of the season, which means Red Devils boss David Moyes should prioritise persuading Patrice Evra to extend his spell at Old Trafford into next season and provide leadership during a turbulent and likely lengthy transitional period.

Moyes has so far neglected the opportunity to offer Evra a new contract, with the French international's current deal expiring at the close of the campaign.

Despite that stance Evra remains a certain starter for United at left-back, missing just one of their 25 Premier League matches so far this season.

United continue to be linked with a whole host of left-backs, most consistently Southampton starlet Luke Shaw, but with Alexander Buttner far from a trustworthy deputy the defending champions can surely not afford to let Evra walk away on a free transfer in June.

The 32-year-old could definitely be managed effectively to still feature regularly in the United first team next season, while offering support to Shaw or a similar signing as they learn to deal with the lofty expectations that come with playing at the Theatre of Dreams.

Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has proven in the not too distant past that experienced players offer great value on and off the pitch if managed correctly, something Moyes must bear in mind as he looks to build firm foundations for long-term success at Old Trafford.

Evra's stats for this season also show exactly why he deserves to stay at United next season if he rejects a potentially lucrative move across Europe following the World Cup, particularly when compared to either Shaw or former transfer target Leighton Baines.

The Les Blues left-back has completed 39 interceptions in 24 Premier League games this season, easily surpassing the 19 and 18 offered by Baines and Shaw this term.

Clearances is a similar story, with Evra registering a whopping 153 which looks all the impressive when compared to the 60 and 96 completed by Baines and Shaw respectively.

While it's clear that United need wholesale reinforcements and a long-term addition at left-back to let Evra leave without at least negotiating fresh terms would be a huge mistake, with Moyes risking losing three hugely experienced defenders during the same close season if a swift change of tact fails to materialise.

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