Patrice Evra appears to be on the verge of a stunning return to Manchester United – even if it is in a coaching capacity – after Juventus left him out of the squad for the win over Bologna during the weekend. The Frenchman spent eight years at Manchester United winning numerous honours including one Champions League and five league titles amongst many others. He became ‘one of our own’ by displaying an extraordinary level of commitment and winning mentality associated with any Sir Alex Ferguson team.
It is not a surprise that Jose Mourinho required such a character, in the form of Michael Carrick, in order to revive United’s form this season. Now, he may be looking to add more of the same if reports are to be believed. Evra joined Juventus for a nominal £1.2 million in the summer of 2014. Since then, he has managed to win the Italian Serie A and the Italian Cup twice. Despite concerns about his age, Evra was given a one-year contract in the summer along with the option to add another year. However, the 35-year-old has found first-team opportunities rather limited this season.
Juventus director Beppe Marotta has now confirmed that Evra is considering his future at Turin and that it was a mutual decision, from the club and the player, to be left out of the squad against Bologna. He said:
“Evra is still with us. He was not called up by mutual agreement, as he is considering his future.
“It’s only right he’s taking a moment to reflect, as his contract will expire in June, he is 35 years old going towards 36. We’ll see next week.”
Evra may not have the legs to compete with Matteo Darmian, let alone Luke Shaw, and it is highly unlikely that he may get a lot of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford. Hence, his potential return could be as a coach and this may mean the end of a spectacular playing career. Evra proved to be one of the biggest bargains for United after joining the club in 2006 for just €8 million before going on to win every honour with the club apart from the FA Cup.
Surprisingly, United may not be the only option for Evra. Spanish outfit Valencia, who have been struggling in the league this season, are also interested in taking the 35-year-old on-board. He would bring a wealth of experience to a team, which has gone through five different managerial reigns in just over a year.