Report - Manchester United defender asks to leave Old Trafford

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Patrice Evra has asked to be allowed to complete a move to Juventus, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has asked for a move away from Old Trafford, claims the Manchester Evening News.

Evra’s future at Old Trafford has been the subject of much speculation over the transfer-window so far, with Juventus keen on signing the left-back.

And it appears that Evra is hoping to join the Serie A champions, after requesting a move away from the club that he has spent the last eight and a half years at.

The French international has been in Brazil at the World Cup with France, but has returned and now wants to sort his club future out.

The promise of first-team football seems to have lured him away from Manchester, too, with the Red Devils signing of Luke Shaw seemingly meaning his starting chances would be limited for Louis Van Gaal’s men this season.

Evra would be a loss for United, given his experience and influence in the dressing room, but on the pitch the 33-year-old has been showing signs of his age in recent times.

It meant that new United boss Van Gaal saw signing a young and exuberant left-back as one of his first priorities after taking charge at Old Trafford and the £31 million that was paid to Southampton for Shaw shows the amount of faith he has in his recent recruit.

It is easy to see why the Dutchman, who saw his Holland side crash out of the World Cup on penalties to Argentina last night, thinks he is an upgrade on Evra when you look at the stats from last season.

  TeamPosTotal Cross / appsTotal Clearance / appsDuel Won / appsWon Contest / appsError Lead To Goal / appsBlocked Cross / appsAccurate Pass / appsTouches / appsAppsMins
Luke Shaw Southampton DF 4.06 3.49 6.63 1.60 0 0.74 31.69 71.11 35 2,992
Patrice Evra Man Utd DF 3.94 5.52 6.18 0.79 0 0.45 31.79 66.27 33 2,884

 

Shaw was more involved, provided more service for his team-mates, was happier running at the opposition and was more effective in his defending, making more tackles and stopping more crosses than the veteran Frenchman over the 2013/14 campaign.

It is remarkable that he has been able to be so impressive, given that it was his first season playing regularly in first-team football and his spot in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad was just reward for his fine form.

Still, although Shaw is the future, Evra’s past cannot be overlooked and when he does depart Old Trafford this summer there can be no doubts that he will be remembered very fondly by the club.

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