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Keown raps Man Utd over Baines bid: Evra deserves better

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown is surprised by Manchester United's pursuit of Everton left-back Leighton Baines.

Keown wrote in the Daily Mail: "I find Manchester United's interest in Leighton Baines a little strange. He's a super player; a top left back who is among the best players in Europe for providing assists for his team. Some achievement that.

"But if Patrice Evra was already my left-back I'm not sure I'd be hurrying to replace him. He, too, is a marvellous full-back, but he has another proven quality that is all-important at United. He's a winner.

"When Sir Alex Ferguson walked away from the United dressing room for the last time, he would have looked back at certain individuals and felt he was leaving the club in good hands; in the care of senior players who understand what it means to play for Manchester United and what is expected of them.

"Evra, I'm sure, would have been among the key men, along with guys like Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs. Evra is a strong personality. Vocal, intelligent, a leader."

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