Why France v Ukraine matters to Manchester United and Baines

Leighton Baines

With the French side not looking likely to qualify for the World Cup does that means Patrice Evra becomes disposable for United in their pursuit of Leighton Baines?

You may think that tonight’s game between France and the Ukraine has little bearing on both Manchester United and Everton but it really couldn’t be further from the truth.

Following the first leg of their World Cup playoff, Ukraine hold a 2-0 lead and look pretty good for their price of 2/5 to qualify, but should they do just that will it pave a way for Manchester United to sign Leighton Baines?

Now I have long been a huge fan of the England player, I have also been a fan of Patrice Evra and I remember writing a piece around the time of the transfer window saying how I wouldn’t advise a move for the left back, at the time I said that Baines would be mad to leave his guaranteed 40/50 Everton appearances behind to join United where he would be competing with Evra for the starting berth, especially as his place in the England 11 is not guaranteed and of course it’s a World Cup year.

If France were to do the unthinkable and qualify tonight then my advice and opinion would stay the same, Baines should wait until the summer to make the move, even when the bid comes.

In a system that lets you take 23 players to a World Cup it is very strange to take two specialist left backs and presuming that Ashley Cole makes the trip to Brazil, then Baines must show his worth, continually at club level.

A move to United would be difficult therefore as Evra has recently captained the side and has also faced stiff competition from Gael Clichy for his French spot, he would surely raise his game in the lead up to what would likely be his last World Cup.

However if France were to lose tonight and go out then it could open the door for the Toffees' defender to make the move to United.

David Moyes who signed Baines once before is a huge fan of the player and the pair worked well together during Moyes’ time at Goodison Park, it is widely believed that the United manager can see Baines becoming a permanent fixture at Old Trafford and will return to raid his former club when the window opens in January.

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