It’s always nice to have familiar faces around you when you move to a new and challenging job. It may come as no surprise then should new Manchester United manager David Moyes go back to his old club to fill a couple of gaps in the Reds’ squad. It may be a nice coincidence for the Scot that there’s a convenient fit between between the gaps he may need to fill, and the star players at Everton.
With Patrice Evra, maybe a waning force in the United back four, and perhaps in line for a move back to France with PSG, there’s a potential need for a new left back. It’s an arguable point that Moyes may have wanted to go for Everton’s Leighton Baines as a new recruit regardless, but should Evra move on, it seems a bit of a no brainer, should Everton be persuaded to sell. It seems highly likely that the player would like to follow his manager, if only for the inherent potential of silverware and glory that seems to follow on from donning the red shirt. Baines has been unfortunate to have his career blocked by the excellence of Ashley Cole. It’s probably safe to say that in most other eras he would have been regarded as the outstanding left back of his generation, and have a large cabinet full of international caps.
The other player that could be on the Moyes shopping list is Marouane Fellaini. With Scholes about to double dip into retirement, and Anderson potentially on the move as he continues to fall short of the required standard, a place alongside Carrick in the United engine room may well be up for grabs. Fellaini has been linked for long periods of this season with a move to Chelsea to pursue his oft-stated aspiration of Champions’ League football. A move to Old Trafford will serve just as well – if not a little better. Again it seems that Everton’s reluctance to sell may well be in commensurate contrast with the player’s desire to go, despite the regulation declarations of loyalty to the club. It will be no great surprise however should a big Glazier cheque be the the thing that levers the deal through.
There’s always an inherent danger that when a manger leaves for a ‘bigger’ club, that he’ll return to take the club’s stars away. It’s a situation that Kenwright and his board will try to avoid, but just as likely turn out to be one that they cannot avoid.