Despite only signing a new deal earlier this year, it seems that Patrice Evra may well be heading to Juventus in Italy.
The natural successor of the club captaincy to Nemanja Vidic looks likely to join the Italian champions in the coming days, according to reports in Italy.
The BBC have said that Juve have ‘made an enquiry’ into Evra’s availability but that at this stage negotiations are still very much informal.
If any deal went through, many United fans would see it as a step forward. Evra had a poor season last term, so naturally could be one of many United players cast aside by Louis van Gaal.
However, the majority will see the potential loss of Evra as a big mistake. Having already lost Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, as well as Ryan Giggs retiring from playing, experience may be hard to come by next season.
Many will point to the fact that Giggs is still at the club – but just in a coaching role rather than a playing one. And true, this will count for something; having an experienced head around the club can certainly lead to the younger players learning the right way. But it’s playing experience that counts.
Retaining possession rather than trying to add to a narrow lead late in a game, playing the simple ball to secure a win, even just knowing how to close out a game – these are some of the things that experience brings to a title-winning side.
Experience will sadly be conspicuous by their absence among the United playing staff next season, with Michael Carrick set to become one of the most senior members in the squad.
And no matter whether United go out and sign a plethora of players aged 30+, none will know the club better than the likes of Giggs, Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra… Which could potentially spell disaster.