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Is Patrice Evra on his way back to Manchester United?

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Evra and Ferdinand were part of a hugely successful United defence
Evra and Ferdinand were part of a hugely successful United defence

Rio Ferdinand as fuelled speculation that Manchester United are planning to bring defender Patrice Evra back to Old Trafford in the January transfer window.

Ferdinand and Evra were part of a United defence that won a host of major honours under the guidance of manager Alex Ferguson, before the French full-back moved to Juventus in the summer of 2014.

Yet Ferdinand suggested he was getting tip-offs suggesting Evra may be making a return to United at the age of 35, as he posted this message on Instagram.

 

Throwing it out there... @patrice.evra I'm hearing thru social media u coming home bro?!? Talk to me! 👀 #MUFC

A photo posted by Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) on

Ferdinand suggested his source for this information was social media, which is never the most reliable route to uncover a story.

Yet the return of an Old Trafford favourite would make sense for United in the short-term, with boss Jose Mourinho seemingly less than convinced that Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian are equipped to fill the full-back role Evra made his own during his eight-year stay at United.

Evra won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time with United and has made his mark in Serie A with Juventus over the last couple of years.