Manchester United have offered Patrice Evra a three year contract extension that would keep him at the club until he is 36, according to respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Having played enough games this season, Evra can automatically trigger a one year extension but Di Marzio’s reports suggest that United have broken their tradition of offering players over the age of 30 more than a one year rolling contract.
United shouldn’t break the tradition of a one year rolling extension for any player, not least a left-back who has underperformed for quite some time. Evra might get the club but he is a shadow of his former self all too frequently.
A three year contract could point towards Evra taking up a coaching role towards the end of his career but for Manchester United’s pursuit of Luke Shaw, any deal like this for Evra could scupper our chances of landing him.
Shaw might only be 18 but he is a fully established international who will only move if he has assurances of first team football. Would Evra be willing to be Shaw’s understudy for a few years and teach him the trade? It’d be an ideal situation if so but Evra is too much of a personality to simply sit on the bench and watch, especially if he feels he can still contribute.
Evra should be given a one year rolling contract and kept on to mentor Shaw or whoever else will join because there is no better player to learn from. A three year deal is dangerous because it could set a precedent at United and because it wouldn’t give Shaw the assurances he’d want of being a regular first team player.