Forget Rooney...The biggest task for Moyes on day one of his new job is now...


David Moyes starts his job as the new manager of Manchester United today and one of his biggest tasks relates to Patrice Evra.

The experienced United defender is being linked with possible moves away from Old Trafford, which have gathered pace ever since the recent big money bid for Everton full back Leighton Baines.

Regardless of that bid, it’s very important for Moyes to talk to Evra and be open and honest with him about where he stands. 

An important task for Moyes over the coming days is going to be building relationships with the key leaders at Old Trafford and Evra falls firmly into that bracket.

The left back may now feel slightly under threat following the bid for Baines and it’s very important that Moyes doesn’t allow that decision to knock on to someone who could be very important for him over the coming season.

There is definitely a risk that Evra could feel disgruntled because Moyes has played his hand and may not believe that the Frenchman has another two or three years in him playing a key part in the United back four.

If Moyes is unsuccessful with a move for Baines, he will have upset a senior United star unnecessarily, and risked burning a bridge.

Evra did start last season inconsistently producing some very rare mistakes but he improved on that to maintain his position as the best left back at the club, when his role was under threat from Alexander Buttner.

He’s also had the Sir Alex Ferguson mentality of winning and what it means to be a Manchester United player branded onto him.

That is definitely something with puts Evra into the bracket of players who could help Moyes through his initial spell as United boss, making his job slightly easier during the initial phase of his career, and moving him aside unceremoniously may not be the wisest move.

Baines trumps Evra in several key areas such as pace, set pieces and his ability to hit a dead ball with deadly accuracy but Evra trumps Baines in the respect that he’s got a very strong personality, ideal for United and what the club is now trying to achieve.

It would be a bad idea for Manchester United to let Evra go without a fight and Moyes must create a bridge between himself and the defender very quickly, as he should with all other experienced players at the club.

Football has been laced with examples where managers have come in early, ruffled the feathers of key and experienced players and then lost various sections of the dressing room straight away.

If Moyes wants to have a prolonged and successful spell at United then that’s something he just cannot allow to happen.

Do you think Moyes is shooting himself in the foot?

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