Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Patrice Evra's Departure a Win-Win

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 13, 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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It is time for Patrice Evra's tenure as a Red Devil to come to an end. The 31-year-old has had a wonderful career, but he is losing a step. He is on the verge of becoming a liability for Manchester United.

However, there are still plenty of clubs that could use his skill and experience, like Carlo Ancelotti's Paris St Germain.

According to John Drayton of, Ancelotti has his eyes on Evra.

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.

Now, it is important to note, that Evra himself thinks this is bogus. Here is a quote from Evra, via the Scottish Sunday Express'  Richard Tanner, after being asked of his possible move.

You are not serious to ask me such a question? I have one year remaining on my contract, I am playing at Manchester United and I am captain.

You would need to kill Sir Alex Ferguson before anyone made me go to Paris. There is nothing in it and I am happy at Manchester.

Evra's sentiment aside, it would still be best for all involved if this deal went through.

This would allow Evra to keep a featured role while providing excellent leadership and solid defense to his new club, which is looking to make a run at the Ligue 1 title this season. This would also help avoid a possibly embarrassing situation when his contract runs up at the end of the season.

For United, it would free them up to get younger, and what better time for United to get younger on defense than now?

The Red Devils' offense is a juggernaut. It has carried them to a six-point lead in the EPL by outscoring the next highest scoring team, Manchester City, by 10 goals.

This has masked a slipping defense. United is eighth in goals allowed. Obviously, this is not all Evra's fault, but he has lost the quickness it takes to keep up with the better wings, and that is only going to get more pronounced with time.

The Red Devils would lose leadership and accountability by replacing Evra with someone younger, but any mistakes that will occur in the growing process will be masked by the powerful offense, and United will be stronger in the long run because of it.