Red Devils had hoped to lure Baines to the north west, only to so far be met by stiff resistance from Everton.
Premier League champions Manchester United are eyeing up a move for highly rated Southampton defender Luke Shaw when the winter transfer window finally opens again for business for the year in January, according to reports in The Times.
The Red Devils are set to shortly lose the services of long-term left-back Patrice Evra, with the France international having recently revealed that he will not be signing a new deal at Old Trafford due to what he called “personal reasons”.
And it is that shock announcement by the Red Devils’ vice-captain that has now forced new United head coach David Moyes to accelerate plans to bring a new left-sided full back to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, either at the turn of the year, or as seems more likely at the end of this campaign.
The Scot’s first choice to take over from Evra was his former defender from his time spent as Everton manager, England international Leighton Baines, however, the Merseyside giants have so far proved steadfast in their refusal to allow their coveted left back to depart Goodison Park for United.
All of which means that Moyes will now shift his focus towards Saints’ England Under-21 international, whose only agreed a new five-year contract at St Mary’s after turning 18 in July.