Have Man United cost themselves a chance of signing £22m rated left-back?

Patrice Evra has reportedly activated a clause in his Manchester United contract which allows him to stay at the club.

The Sunday Times ran a report this morning which detailed a new one-year contract extension for Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra.

The report states that Evra has started enough Premier League games this season to trigger a clause in his current deal, which means he can stay at United for an extra season unless he pushes for a move away in the summer.

“Evra has earned an extension to his contract at Manchester United and is now in a position to decide whether his future lies at the club next season. The France international has started 25 of United’s 26 Premier League fixtures this campaign. In doing so, he has triggered a clause in a deal he agreed with the club in February 2011,” reads the opening of the report.

Great news for Manchester United? On the one hand absolutely but on the other it may badly affect David Moyes’ chances of signing one of the best English left-backs to have emerged for some years.

There has been plenty of speculation that United would be one of the sides going after Southampton’s Luke Shaw this summer, valued at around £20 million and the perfect fit for Evra in the United side.

This automatic contract extension could work automatically and through no fault of David Moyes or the club, it could cost them the chance to sign Shaw with Chelsea also lurking and waiting to do a deal.

The problem is that if Evra does stay at United over a well-documented potential move to France, he’s unlikely to suddenly be cast aside from first team duty because he’s a very experienced and very good left-back.

Anyone coming in at United will therefore be a back up to Evra alongside Alexander Buttner, as opposed to a replacement for the Frenchman.

Is that something that Shaw will be willing to accept? It’s doubtful considering his rapid progression at Southampton. He’d probably want to stay with the Saints over a move to a bigger club just to sit on the bench.

Evra removes the problem for United if he leaves the club, which would allow United to make a big money move for Shaw, offering him a competitive football and guaranteed first team football.

We’d love to know your thoughts. Vote below on whether you want Evra to stay at the club or whether you think United should sell him if he takes advantage of the contract extension clause.

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