With Patrice Evra expected to leave Manchester United in the coming days for Italian champions Juventus, according to Simon Stone of the BBC, there is an almighty lack of experience left within United's defensive line. In Evra, United are losing a club stalwart, a leader in the dressing room as well as a very solid left-back. And despite the £30 million addition of Luke Shaw earlier this summer, there is now a need to recruit another left-back.
Patrice Evra joined Manchester United in January 2006 just as the club was entering what was to be arguably its most successful period courtesy of three straight Premier League titles, a European Cup win as well as FIFA Club World Cup glory.
Evra played a significant part in these successes. At his peak in 2008 there were very few better full-backs in European football; of course Ashley Cole was up there alongside the Frenchman, but many placed the United man just ahead.
During his later years at the club there have been suggestions that Evra has lost just a yard of pace, lessening his ability to get up and down the left flank as he did in years gone by. And to a degree that is totally understandable.
Evra will leave Manchester United with the full backing of supporters. Often labelled as one of the few players who "gets it" in terms of just what it means to play for Manchester United, Evra leaves a club that will miss yet another experienced defender following the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
But Evra has earned the right to decide when he moves on.
Despite United invoking an extension clause in the Frenchman's contract, this summer move was always in the cards, and Manchester United now have to reenter the transfer market in search of a replacement full-back.
But just who would fit the bill at Old Trafford?