Forget Baines, United should have bought Oviedo when they had the chance

Leighton Baines

A new left-back is on Manchester United’s agenda in January, but the situation could have been different if they had already signed a current Everton defender.

The Leighton Baines to Manchester United transfer saga is set to roll on come January, with the Premier League champions more than likely set to make another attempt to sign the England international from Everton.

A summer attempt proved unsuccessful, with the talented left-back remaining at Goodison Park.

However, with Patrice Evra failing to impress recently and a reinvestment process clearly needed at Old Trafford, Baines is one of a number of new faces expected at the club.

However, had things been different, Bryan Oviedo could have answered United problems at left-back.

Ironically, the Costa Rica international has been deputising for Baines in Roberto Martinez’s side while the English star battles with injury, and scored the winner recently for Everton in a 1-0 victory over United at Old Trafford.

However, with Oviedo impressing in Baines’ absence, United could be regretting not signing the Central American when they had the chance.

Oviedo played a key role for FC Copenhagen before moving to England, impressing domestically and in the Champions League.

He quickly was identified as a player capable of playing at a higher level, with scouts all over Europe monitoring the defender’s progress.

Although Everton won the race for his signature, United were also a team that were believed to be interested in Oviedo and are thought to have weighed up an offer for the left-back.

Had it been United rather than Everton that had signed Oviedo the situation could well be completely different, with David Moyes potentially looking at other areas of his team that needed bolstering rather than left-back.

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