Patrice Evra: Leaves Manchester United for Juventus; Defensive Makeover Continues


photo via Juventus’ Facebook page

According to BBC, Patrice Evra has accepted a transfer to Serie A juggernaut, Juventus. The move is reportedly for £1.2 million and I could not be happier. Don’t get me wrong, Evra has serviced Manchester United proudly for eight years and has made 379 appearances with the club, but at this time, it was time to go for the 33-year-old French defender. Evra has helped Manchester United win the 2008 Champions League trophy, three Premier League Cups and Club World Cup; his achievements will mark him as one of the best defenders to ever play at Old Trafford.

I have gone on record of stating that with Louis Van Gaal coming in as manager, Manchester United will need to cut some older players, Evra was one of them. In order to compete with the best clubs in England, Manchester United will need to be younger and quicker to aim for a top-four finish and with the recent signing of Luke Shaw, Evra would have been competing in a race that he would have surely lost.

This move is good for Manchester United. It frees up some roster and salary space and now it can make room for many more transfers to come into Old Trafford, which has been guaranteed by executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward and Van Gaal. Woodward and Van Gaal want another title, that’s clearly obvious and this move will actually strengthen Manchester United’s defense. With defense in mind, Evra’s move to Juventus could play a hand in Manchester United winning a bid for Borussia Dortmund’s central defender, Mats Hummels. Hummels is a big time player and at 24, Hummels could be the keystone player that Manchester United needs.

Juventus will be receiving an experienced defender who will attempt to exceed expectations. Evra can still move around the field and can still advance up the left side for any needed offensive threats. Evra has a nice touch to the ball and has great crossing abilities, so it appears that Juventus got a bargain for Evra despite his age.

Collin Ruby is a writer for StoppageTimeSoccer.com, “Follow” him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby and “Like” him on Facebook

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