English giants Manchester United are reportedly interested in recalling defender Patrice Evra from Juventus in a shock transfer move in January.
The French international, who was one of the most trusted soldiers under Sir Alex Ferguson, was asked to look for a way out by new manager Louis van Gaal, despite signing a new one year contract extension in May.
The Dutch manager added Luke Shaw to his ranks at Old Trafford, and Evra was deemed surplus to the boss’ requirements. With the talented English international being the first choice at the back, the Senegalese player joined Serie A side Juventus on a two-year contract in a £1.2 million deal in July this year.
But the 33-year-old’s spell with the Italian club hasn’t lived up to the player’s expectations. Having made just eight appearances for the White Blacks across all competitions so far, and with a mere assist to his name, the former AS Monaco player has failed to establish himself in Massimiliano Allegri’s starting eleven.
An injury on his left thigh, which has ruled Evra out for atleast a month, has only made matters worse for the left back and he would be considering a return to the Red Devils, where he won major silverware in his eight seasons, including five league titles and a Champions League victory.
Manchester United have themselves been facing serious issues with their defence, they have been poor at the back throughout the new season, and a series of injuries to Shaw, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo, has left them grasping at straws. And according to Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, United might be looking to their former player to end their defensive woes.
They are currently fifth in the Premier League’s standings, with a game in hand over the other sides, and will be hoping to get back into Champions League action after a disastrous last season. But with Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin also on Van Gaal’s radar, Evra’s return, though likely, seems like a last resort.