Manchester United Transfer News: Patrice Evra Sale a Big Risk for Red Devils

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2014

Manchester United's Patrice Evra, left, celebrates his side's opening goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Manchester United in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. At right is Bayern's Philipp Lahm. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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Patrice Evra is reportedly leaving Manchester United for Juventus just months after signing a new deal at the club, and the Red Devils are taking a big risk letting the experienced full-back leave.

According to the Daily Mirror's David Anderson, the Italian champions are paying United £1.2 million for the 33-year-old, which equates to two packs of crisps in today's transfer market.

It is believed the Red Devils are willing to facilitate a sale in the hope that it will help them acquire Arturo Vidal from the Bianconeri, and from that perspective, selling a veteran defender who no longer plays at the all-star level he did four years ago seems like good business.

Evra isn't the first veteran defender United have moved this summer, as shared by ESPN FC's Alex Shaw, who questions the team's priorities:

Moving on from your older players is one thing, but the Red Devils are losing a ton of experience and veteran leadership on the back line. Continuity is often regarded as an important aspect of a defensive unit, but after last season's nightmare campaign, change was to be expected.

Part of that change is the arrival of teen starlet Luke Shaw, who signed with the club earlier in the transfer window. Via the team's official website, Ryan Giggs commented on the new arrival:

Luke is a very talented young left-back with great potential. He has developed immensely during his time at Southampton and has all the attributes to become a top player. I am delighted he has joined Manchester United as I believe this is the right club for him to continue his development as a young player and eventually fulfil that promise.

Talented. Potential. Development. Promise. Those are the key words in that statement. Shaw's potential is through the roof, but he is yet to turn 19. To ask such a young player to lock down United's left flank is just expecting too much.

Shaw might be able to step in and be the starter from day one. We don't know, and neither does Louis van Gaal. There will always be growing pains when talking about a player as inexperienced as Shaw, and at a club like United, you can't afford to field a kid who is struggling, as he no doubt will at some point during the season.

The man he is replacing started 33 league matches last season, per Evra has been a fixture of the Red Devils' defence for the last several years, and those are some mighty big shoes to fill.

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The experienced Frenchman knows the game like few other, and his presence would have allowed the club to bring the talented Shaw along slowly. It would have given the England international a chance to learn from a man who has seen it all, and even if Shaw became the starter, it would have provided the club with some excellent cover.

Moving all of that experience and said cover for the youngster was always going to be risky. Moving him for a paltry £1.2 million makes it seem like an unnecessary risk.

Shaw is the future for this Red Devils teamthere's no denying that. Evra was always going to leave at some point, and it now appears United plan to feature Shaw heavily in his first season at the club.

Maybe it works out straight away, and Shaw becomes the smashing hit fans hope he can be. Van Gaal and Co. better hope it does, because if he struggles, they've just tossed a valuable mentor and backup to the side for a mere £1.2 million.