Baines seeks first-team assurances from Manchester United

The Everton star is concerned that a transfer to Old Trafford could hamper his chances of a starting berth at next summer's World Cup in Brazil should England qualify
By Paul Clennam

Manchester United target Leighton Baines is wary over a potential move to Old Trafford because he is concerned about a lack of first-team opportunities with the Premier League champions, Goal understands.

The Everton star, who was subject to a bid from United described as "derisory and insulting" by the Goodison Park outfit on Monday, is concerned that a move could harm his chances of being England's first-choice left-back at this summer's World Cup should they qualify.

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Baines is said to be growing tired of the continued speculation surrounding his future and is willing to wait for United to improve their bid of £12 million, which formed part of a £28m move for both the defender and Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

It is understood that the defender will not agitate for a move away from Everton and he holds concerns over the amount of playing time he would be afforded alongside fellow left-back Patrice Evra at Old Trafford.

Evra, who has seen his starting place in France's national team come under threat from Manchester City's Gael Clichy, started in 34 of United's 38 league games last term and is keen to convince coach Didier Deschamps that he should be Les Bleus' first choice in Brazil next summer.

Goal understands that while Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is resigned to losing Fellaini this summer, the former Wigan manager is hopeful Baines will remain an Everton player.

The Spaniard sees Baines as a more important player to Everton's system this season and has been left fuming over the Premier League champions' offer for the England international.