Baines closes the door on any chance of a Manchester United transfer

Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines will not be moving to Manchester United this summer based on an interview he gave to EvertonTV.

The Everton left back had been tipped to follow David Moyes to Manchester United as a long term replacement for Patrice Evra.

However, Baines has seemingly dismissed any chance of that move ever happening after insisting he is fully focused on the new season and working under the guidance of new Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

“He was one of the first names linked with the job and the feeling straight away was he would be a great appointment. He has a different style to what we have been used to but I think it is progressive and it will move us forward,” said the defender.

The news will be a blow to United fans who were keen on a Baines transfer but it’s not damaging to United in a big way.

The club already has two solid left backs in the form of Evra and Alexander Buttner and providing Monaco don’t reignite their interest in Evra, that position is filled as United head into the new season.

It’s a combination of left backs which was good enough to help United win the Premier League last season, which will soften the blow for the fans that wanted to see Baines in a red shirt.

Ironically the defence is one of the only parts of the Manchester United team which former Everton boss David Moyes doesn’t have to look at improving.

There are several options for him all over the back four with youth complimenting the experience provided by Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic when they are both available.

There seem to be two main reasons why United were linked with Baines in the first place; his association with David Moyes and his ability in terms of set pieces and dead ball delivery.

Ultimately, had Evra already moved on to Monaco then it could have been a different story because Baines would have then become a much more realistic target for the Manchester club.

“We missed each other's call a couple of times but we eventually spoke last week. It was just about speaking about the start of the season and looking forward to working with each other,” he added.

In a way it’s quite refreshing to see Baines so committed to Everton and looking to give Roberto Martinez a chance to impress him as a coach and a manager.

He could easily have tried to orchestrate a move away from Goodison Park to Manchester United but that would have contradicted his nature as an honest and straight up professional player.

The saga is over but it’s not one which leaves United or Everton in a worse position as a result.

Will United regret not signing Baines? Has he missed his chance to join a huge club?

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