Why Manchester United must keep Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra has just a year to run on his current Manchester United contract from this summer, the club have to try and keep him.

Patrice Evra had an inconsistent start to the season, which saw him making some basic errors as Manchester United routinely went behind in important Premier League and European games.

The good news is he’s turned all of that around and has solidified his place as the number one left back, a class above new arrival Alexander Buttner who has had just a few first team chances.

Evra’s current contract at United expires in the summer of 2014 so the club could be thinking about whether to put a new deal on the table over the coming weeks and months.

It’s a no brainer because he’s one of the most important players and individuals at the club, who has shown how important he is this season.

His leadership skills have been valuable as Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have not always been present in the side and players like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, have not been able to play regularly more than once a week.

His leadership skills are personified by the way he’s always sticking up for the team and in particular the younger players in the side. The younger players in the United team are targets to the opposition and Evra is one of the stars in the side who protects them.

He still has some defensive weaknesses but he’s a lot better at the moment when it comes to tucking in and making the United back four, a much more compact and narrow unit.

The effect this has on the defensive side of United’s game is it makes them more difficult to break down. The second goal against Real Madrid earlier this week only came because Evra broke from this normally tight unite creating space between the back four.

He’s fundamental to the way United are playing football at the moment both at the back and going forward. United have not been using a left sided winger regularly this season as Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck have frequently filled in down that side.

The reason for that is because Evra is so effective and getting forward and creating width down that side of the pitch. He’s also still fit enough that he can go back and forth with ease for an entire 90 minutes.

He’ll be 32-years-old by the time his current contract expires which means he still has a couple of years left at the top level and he may even switch to a rolling contract like Ryan Giggs and more than likely, Rio Ferdinand. He’s also good enough to be able to make a switch to left sided centre back to prolong his career at the club.

United fans, do you want to see him given a new deal?

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