As the January window is nearing by, we will try to explore three players who might change the Red Devils’ fortune during the second half of the season.
Leighton Baines for Patrice Evra
Baines is not one of the best left-backs in the world, and it would be hard to see him succeed in one of Europe’s top leagues outside of England, but then again, it is much of the same with Patrice Evra. The Frenchman is although effective in going forward is reckless at times when defending and his tackles are often mistimed, the main reason for his rather embarrassing yellow and red card rate. Baines meanwhile seems like a more cool-headed player. He is also one of the best crossers in the Premier League and can pop up with the odd spectacular free-kick, making him one of the best left-backs the Premier League has to offer.
Now at the age of 28, Baines is no youngster and will not do a great deal when it comes to the goal of lowering the squad’s average age, but he is very much in the prime of his career, and it seems he will be in the same form for at least another 3 years to come. However, Roberto Martinez will try to avoid such a situation, and if the left-back does come pushing to shove the former Wigan man with a transfer request, he will still be a pricey option for David Moyes.