Implications of Luke Shaw's impending arrival at Manchester United

Luke Shaw

What would the future hold for Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner?

According to several news outlets in England, Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Luke Shaw from Southampton.

SkySports reported that the Red Devils are close to agreeing a deal in the region of £30 million.

A source close to Shaw’s family even told the Mirror that they are “convinced” about the move and have already started looking for a house in Manchester.

Shaw has made more than 60 appearances for Southampton and was recently voted in the PFA Team of the Year. As he is a long-term signing for United, we have analysed how the 18-year-old's transfer will affect the fate of other left-backs at Old Trafford.

Patrice Evra

The last few weeks have been like a roller-coaster for Patrice Evra.

First he was linked with a move to Inter Milan and a deal with the Italian giants was reportedly being “finalised” before Juventus came calling a week ago. The “Old Lady” started leading Inter in the race for the signature of Evra, with the latter even apparently seen in Turin to seal the transfer. 

But after it was announced that Louis van Gaal will be United’s new manager, reports emerged that the Dutchman also wants Evra to stay put.

Shaw is a great signing but an experienced left-back will be required at the club. Evra will not only serve as a back-up to the England international but also guide him at United.

The ball is still in Evra’s court though- he has not made an official decision yet and is thought to be exploring his options. Serie A might interest the 33-year-old and he won’t be happy with the reduced role, but I feel van Gaal will do enough to convince the former AS Monaco star to extend his contract with the Red Devils. 

Alexander Buttner

Alexander Buttner was purchased by Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2012 in order to “protect United’s future” and provide competition to Evra. However, after a promising debut against Wigan Athletic, Buttner has failed to deliver on his potential. His energy and attacking prowess are admirable but the Dutchman is not a good defender and can be often caught out of position.

Frankly, the 25-year-old ultimately lacks the talent and drive to succeed at United.

He was linked with Genoa in January and is now likely to leave the club in the summer. He can’t be a starter and with Evra likely to stay, Buttner won’t be needed.

He was neither trusted by Sir Alex Ferguson nor by David Moyes. And since, van Gaal left him out of the Netherland's World Cup squad, it appears that the 63-year-old does not trust him either.

Expectation:

Shaw to come in, Buttner to leave and Evra to stay. 

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