Manchester United have made the right decision to keep Patrice Evra

The veteran French defender has earned a one-year extension at Old Trafford, which could be astute move by the club.

It is set to be a transitional summer at Old Trafford, with the old guard such as Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic leaving the club and Ryan Giggs hanging up his boots.

With a new manager in the form of Louis van Gaal, a glut of new players expected and others to leave, the squad that finished the 2013-14 campaign is set to be markedly different to the one that starts next term.

However, one long-term player that was out of contract will be staying in Manchester, with news that Patrice Evra has signed a one-year extension with the club.

Although the France international’s performances last season suggest that left-back is an area in need of improvement and that the veteran’s abilities are diminishing, keeping him at United may well be a masterstroke for two reasons.

Firstly, with a lot of the established guard leaving the side, it could well pay to retain some of the long-termers.

Evra has been at the club since 2006, winning five Premier Leagues and a Champions League crown in the process. He knows the importance of wearing the red jersey, can relay this to the arriving players and has been an important man in the club’s dominance in recent years.

Luke Shaw has consistently been linked as the man to replace the ex-Monaco defender, with United said to be pushing on with a move for the Southampton starlet.

Although the teenager has shown that he is more than capable at Premier League and can be a hit at international level, it pays not to forget just how young he is.

A star in the making no doubt, but Shaw still has a lot of learning to do. Who better to teach him the tricks of the trade than someone of Evra’s experience, with countless medals for his clubs and over 50 caps for his nation?

Evra still has a role to play at United and discarding another of the old guard could well have been a mistake.

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