After Manchester United’s loss to West Ham last month, Patrice Evra sent a message on social media saying he wanted to help the club and ‘get his hands dirty’.

Now a report in The Mail claims potential United boss Massimiliano Allegri wants Evra on his coaching staff at Old Trafford, if he gets the call to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Evra played under Allegri at Juventus after leaving United in 2014.

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Its tricky to know whether this report is genuine, or it is just The Mail being creative following a tweet sent out by Evra over the weekend, alongside Allegri, and former Roma sporting director Franco Baldini.

The prospect of Evra teaming up with Allegri and Baldini at United might get some excited about new ideas coming to Old Trafford. It would certainly give Allegri a leg up on adjusting to the club and English football.

But for now, and the foreseeable future, this is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

The Times reports Solskjaer has been given backing from United’s board and even a defeat at home to Liverpool at the weekend will not change that.

 

At the same time, don’t rule out Ed Woodward playing both sides. This hasn’t come out of nowhere.

The way Woodward handled Jose Mourinho’s appointment in 2016 and Louis van Gaal’s sacking was shameful, with the Dutchman dismissed shortly after lifting the FA Cup.

It would be no surprise to learn that United’s bumbling chief executive is busy courting Allegri behind the scenes, while feeding the media positive stories about Solskjaer, and waiting for the Norwegian to fail.

A contingency plan may be described by some as sensible, but Woodward is only likely to destabilise Solskjaer by making a not so secret move for Allegri.

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