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Ex- Manchester United Star Set For A Surprise Old Trafford Return

According to the latest reports, former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra could be set for a surprise return to Old Trafford in January.

Evra Joined Juventus last Summer as United signed Luke Shaw from Southampton. Reportedly, Evra is struggling to settle in the Italian league and now is considering a return to his former club.

Manchester United do need another back-up full back. With their current injury crisis, Louis van Gaal was forced to use Ashley Young as left-back in last few games. So, signing Evra back will at-least add defensive depth to the squad and he will also bring much needed experience to the United defense.

These reports also claim that Juventus are already looking for a replacement for Evra. They are linked to bring back Paolo de Ceglie, who is currently serving a loan spell at Parma.

In other Manchester United news, United management are  reportedly ready to offer a new contract extension to Michael Carrick. The English international is picking up good form again after coming back from injury. His current contract expires end of this season, so, United should try to extend his contract as soon as possible to avoid losing him for free in the next Summer window.

Comparing Michael Carrick And Marouane Fellaini – The Statistics

New Manchester United signing Marouane Fellaini has injected hope into the ranks at Old Trafford, and while most expect Tom Celverley to drop straight out of the side to accommodate, we take a look at how the big Belgian compares to the England international he looks like partnering – Michael Carrick.

Carrick played 36/38 for United last season and was pivotal to their title success, whereas Fellaini appeared on 31 occasions for Everton, racking up a total minutes tally of 2785.

In that game time, the Toffees man played 1283 successful passes, while Carrick successfully completed 3045, accumulating an accuracy percentage of 88. The average length of Carrick’s passing was 19m, while Fellaini’s was 15m, and the former played 33 key passes while the latter 35.

Fellaini won 60 tackles – Carrick 58 – and won 151 of his headers – Carrick just 17. Checkout detailed stats on Ladbrokes.

Neither player received a red card, although Fellaini got into a bit of trouble for elbows and heads, and while the former Everton man picked up nine cards, Carrick was shown just three.

There’s an evident difference in the way the two play, Carrick sitting in the deep role making tackles and spraying the ball around the pitch while Fellaini is more of a threat driving forward, and it’s noticeable in their goal return. Carrick scored just once, but Fellaini hit 11.

The pair, on paper, look like a good match. Carrick with the coolness on the ball and Fellaini with the bite, so fingers crossed we’ve heard the last of United’s search for a central midfielder!