In what is expected to be an extremely busy summer for Manchester United and new boss Louis Van Gaal, the Red Devils have arguably made their biggest decision to date.
Before any new signings can be made, the situation regarding out of contract players was always going to be Dutchman's first big call and it is one which is no doubt going to draw strong debate for some weeks.
According to the official Manchester United website, United have therefore decided to retain the services of 33-year-old left-back Patrice Evra by concluding a new one-year extension to his contract.
|Team||Pos||Assist||Won Tackle||Interception||(Accurate Pass / Total Pass) * 100||Apps||Mins|
|Patrice Evra||Man Utd||DF||3||54||50||83.37||33||2,884|
The French international has spent eight years at Old Trafford, making a total of 379 appearances whilst helping the club win five Premier League titles, three League Cups and a memorable Champions League triumph in 2008.
His stay at Old Trafford was expected to end this summer, with speculation circling of interest from Italy and perhaps a return to former club AS Monaco.
All such rumours, however, can now be dismissed as the five-time Premier League winner is set to remain at United and try and help bring back European football to one of world’s most recognised clubs.
The decision appears to have garnered mixed feelings from the Manchester United supporters, with some identifying the need to hold on to a key experienced player following the exits of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, whereas others are keen for Van Gaal to ship out the ageing stars and build a new youthful side.
Here are the best quotes from United supporters taken from social networking site Twitter:
Good to see Patrice Evra has signed a new deal at @ManUtd.— Jordan Barlow (@_JordanBarlow) Mayo 23, 2014
One of my favorite players has signed a new deal with @ManUtd Patrice Evra! Made my day that did— nigel (@ABritoverseas) Mayo 23, 2014
Not even gonna lie, I'm delighted that Patrice Evra has signed a new deal. Absolutely delighted.— Jermaine Thompson (@da_yellaman) Mayo 23, 2014
Patrice Evra very lucky to get a new deal— Michael Grace (@FizzyBoB) Mayo 23, 2014
I hope Patrice evra hasn't got a 1 year deal extension he is nothing but trouble plus he is finished— Irwin (@SIrwin92) Mayo 23, 2014
Excellent news, Patrice Evra is staying on for one more year! :D— Ali Kazerooni (@AliKaz93) Mayo 23, 2014
How Patrice Evra's managed to get a contract extension is beyond me been awful this year.— aidan day (@Aidan_Day) Mayo 23, 2014