Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has made a sensational U-turn after signing a new one-year contract with the Premier league club. He was out of contract at the end of the season and was widely tipped to leave the club. Luke Shaw from Southampton was eyed as a potential replacement with many reporting that United have already agreed a £ 27 million fee for the 18-year-old. However, there has been some stumbling blocks in the deal, as Shaw is thought to be concerned about playing under Louis van Gaal.
He agreed to join United on the context that David Moyes will be the manager, but the situation has changed in the last few weeks after the sacking of the Scot. It is widely believed that the deal to announce Evra’s extension has been forced by the setback, as United now believe they will not be able to get Shaw. Evra has been one of the most dependable players for the club in the last few years. He has captained them on several occasions when the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Vidic have been unavailable.
At 33 years of age, he is coming to the twilight of his career. He has been linked with a move to PSG amongst several clubs in the last few weeks.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce that Patrice Evra’s contract has been extended by a further year, taking the popular Frenchman’s stay at Old Trafford into a tenth season. Evra has made 379 appearances for the Reds, scoring 10 goals, and he has also stood in as captain when previous club skipper Nemanja Vidic was absent through injury. The French full-back was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Monaco in January 2006,” read a statement on the official website of Manchester United to announce the deal.