Manchester United would be wrong to sell Patrice Evra

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The acquisition of Luke Shaw from Southampton is a positive move as Manchester United look to bury the demons of last season and return to the pinnacle of English football.

But his arrival should not signal the departure of one of United's greatest servants.

Patrice Evra has been an integral part of the club's success over the years and to sell him would constitute a mistake from Louis van Gaal.

His experience and guidance would be paramount to the development of Shaw, who at 19 is far from the finished product.

Evra would be able to teach Shaw exactly what it means to play for the club. What it means to wear the shirt.

He would also be able to help the youngster off the field as he begins to enjoy more of the lifestyle that goes with being a professional footballer at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Not only that but he also still is more than capable of doing a job; in fact he proved that last season, particularly in the Champions League.

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As United look to rebuild the damage done by David Moyes' brief and unsuccessful stint at Old Trafford, having a vocal presence in the dressing room is vital. Evra provides that and would work well alongside the club's new captain, which is likely to be Robin van Persie.

The fact that Juventus seem willing to let Arturo Vidal go shouldn't mean United use Evra as bait to get the player.

The club have demonstrated that they are willing to flex their financial muscle once more in this summer's transfer window and could surely lure the Chilean international - who remains one of Van Gaal's most saught-after targets - to Old Trafford with money alone.

Evra may not be getting any younger but the value of experience to help the youth develop into top-class players seems to be forgotten in these instances, such as Chelsea letting both Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard go in the same summer.

Of course they must eventually move on and make way for the younger, brighter and fitter talent, but that time should not come for Evra just yet.

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