Evra replacement! He did it for France, can he do it at United?

Lucas Digne

Patrice Evra is expected to follow Nemanja Vidic out of Manchester United - Could the starlet that replaced him for France last night, replace him in the summer?

Evra, 32, is out of contract at United in June and as of yet, there has been little to no noise about the Frenchman signing a new deal with the club.

David Moyes, in all fairness, didn't endear himself to the defender with more than 250 Premier League appearances under his belt, as trying to replace him with Leighton Baines was one of his first actions as manager of the club.

Despite the early uncertainties over his place in the United team due to the ongoing search for a left-back, he has actually go on to play more Premier League games than any other outfield player.

That being said, the point still stands that Evra is expected to walk out of the Old Trafford exit with rumours linking him to Vidic's new club, Inter Milan.

At 32 years of age, it's not just Moyes looking for a younger replacement to Evra as Didier Deschamps proved last night in the World Cup warm-up match against the Netherlands.

Despite being 2-0 up at half-time, the former Juventus manager decided to ring the changes, replacing Evra with 20-year-old PSG fringe player Lucas Digne. France kept their momentum and went on to keep a clean-sheet, winning the match 2-0.

Lucas Digne isn't a new name with most football supporters, however, this happened to be his debut match in the France national team.

After signing for PSG in the summer for a reported €15m, it hasn't been the start the youngster was hoping for. He has played just 10 times for the league leaders this season, with interest reportedly reopening from Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham. And as Manchester United are likely to be in the market for a left-back this summer then I would suggest Digne as a superb replacement.

Unfortunately, as money is no object to the Parisians and current first-choice left-back Maxwell closing in on the latter stages of his career, they can afford to bide their time before eventually making him a first team player.

If however Paris Saint-Germain do look to sell in the near future then David Moyes should certainly keep his finger on the button.

images: © nasmac, © Andrew Gibney

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