Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils Would Be Wise to Let Patrice Evra Go

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IDecember 9, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Patrice Evra of Manchester United celebrates at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Patrice Evra has served Manchester United admirably during his years with the club, but now it's time to let him go—and the door may be open for the Red Devils to do so.

According to John Drayton of, there may be a potential suitor to take Evra off United's hands during the transfer window.

However, French newspaper Le Parisien claims Ancelotti put Evra's name at the top of the list during a meeting with the club's Arab owners.

Ancelotti is understood to prefer the 31-year-old Manchester United man because of his experience and the fact his language skills - Evra can speak three - will make it easier to integrate him into the dressing room.

Evra would be a solid upgrade for Carlo Ancelotti's squad, but that is because he's joining a less-talented league and squad than that of the one he plays with currently. For United, it could use a bit more youth in their defense, namely the left-back position.

At age 31, Evra does have a ton of experience, and while that is certainly an advantage when he's on the field, one can't help but notice Evra's age getting to him physically. It's clear that the defender can't keep up with some of the younger, fresher legs in the English Premier League.

To make matters worse, Evra has been known to get caught out of position while on defense. Sure, he might be a talented offensive player for a defender, but that isn't what United brought him here to do.

While Manchester United has thrived on the offensive end this season, defensively it has left a lot to be desired. The Red Devils have allowed 23 goals this season, good enough for eighth worst in the EPL.

If not for incredible offensive production, the Red Devils could be far worse off than their current position.

Now, that's not to say that Evra is the sole problem on defense, but it appears that his spot is the most realistic option Manchester United will have to make a change. If this club wants to stay at the top, its defense must improve.

Nobody will ever forget what Evra has done for the Red Devils during his tenure, but sometimes you have to know when to move on. And this is the perfect time for Manchester United to do just that.