Manchester United’s decision to hand Patrice Evra an all new contract extension did surprise many and it clearly succeeded in jeopardizing many decisions that are to be made.
From Denis Irwin to Mikael Silvestre, Manchester United have never faced a dilemma as intriguing as this one. This situation, more than being highly captivating, can prove out to be a test of knack for new manager Louis van Gaal.
On one hand, Manchester United have 25-year-old Dutchman Alexander Buttner still waiting to jump onto the opportunity he’s hardly been provided with. His signing in 2012, much like Evra’s contract extension was touted to be ‘needless’ but defying his critiques, the then 23 year old began his Manchester United career in sublime fashion. Scoring a spectacular goal and receiving the Man of the Match award on his debut against Wigan Athletic was indicative of some sign of things to come. But, on being denied appropriate match time after that, he was seen very few times on the left. He scored his second in his second Premier League start of the season in Manchester United’s 5-5 draw at the Hawthorns but as of now, one can only see him heading for an exit this summer.
There are talks of Luke Shaw making his move to Old Trafford in the next few weeks before the World Cup. The 18-year-old Saints full back is seen as a perfect replacement for Patrice Evra and a fantastic player for the future, but, as reported in the press the past few days, Luke Shaw is said to be considering his options and concentrating on the World Cup. His impressive showings for Southampton have been electric and eye catching.When fiery sharks circle around a minnow for something, that something is probably on its way out. His signing would come with some hope and revitalisation for Manchester United fans but it remains to be seen whether it transpires or not.
Patrice Evra,who endured his toughest season when Manchester United languished on the 7th spot, is almost set to be handed the first team responsibility. Of course, one would feel sorry for Alexander Buttner, the Dutchman has performed well when handed the role. Buttner was a focal point of as to why Manchester United held Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and his showing did impress many. He had Arjen Robben in his control and you know Patrice Evra was our most intent less player last season. He disappeared regularly in high pressure games and despite of scoring 3 goals in all competitions, was not up to the mark, especially when it came to getting back after going forward in matches.
Owing to less match time, Manchester United will no doubt have to sacrifice Alexander Buttner if Luke Shaw completes his £27million move to Old Trafford. But the most viable option would be a loan the Dutchman, with a view to bring him back if such an injury was to occur to either Evra or Shaw.
All in all, here is hoping that Luke Shaw can be done and dusted before the World Cup then Louis van Gaal and Manchester United can concentrate on other positions that need to be addressed.