Date: 16th February 2013 at 11:08am
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Without the costume the pantomine horse jact ust looked silly.

Without the costume the pantomine horse act just looked silly.

One of the things about what’s been a pretty impressive season so far, has been the form of United’s usual skipper Patrice Evra. I’ve been defending Pat for the past few seasons from those who claim he’s been poor but even his detractors seem to acknowledge that he’s played a huge part in this campaign’s successes.

At 31 even a Pat lover like me knows that the former Monaco man can’t go on forever and the need to find a successor to a player who despite what some claim has been superb since he moved to Old Trafford is something Sir Alex knows he needs to address.

For many that successor may lie in the on loan Fabio who’s capable of playing in either full back position and like his brother obviously has a lot of natural talent. The only problem with Fabio is keeping him fit as he seems to spend a lot of time on the treatment table and that’s something that may make Sir Alex doubt whether he can become the first choice number 3 over the course of a whole season.

Alexander Buttner had a few people claiming, rather laughably, that he should actually be our first choice left back now following a good – but slightly overrated game- against Wigan. Since then though, most Reds have realised that despite being ‘entertaining’ to watch, Buttner is also a tad mental and may cause United more problems than he does the opposition.

One player who the United boss could be considering is French left back Lucas Digne.

The Metro notes:

was spotted watching the -year-old during a France Under-21 fixture towards the end of last year, and has reportedly made checks into the player’s background as United enrich their scouting report on the youngster.

and Arsenal are among other sides to have looked at the Lille star, but United are his preferred destination.

Digne has already been told he will sold to free up cash by Lille in the summer, and it is thought that bids in the region of £7million would be enough to do business.

Although like most Reds I know very little about Digne, at he’s certainly got time on his side and seems to be causing some waves in France. He recently signed a new contract but the feeling is Lille could be forced to sell him anyway.

Here’s some from the game with Nancy at the beginning of the season, which may give you a taste of what he’s like.