LONDON -- French international defender Patrice Evra signed a 3 1/2-year deal with Manchester United after completing his transfer from Monaco on Tuesday.
The transfer fee was undisclosed but the 24-year-old will be available for selection immediately.
Evra had also attracted the interest of Inter Milan but chose the Premier League club and said last weekend that he hoped to emulate the success of compatriot Eric Cantona at Old Trafford.
United manager Alex Ferguson needed cover at left back after Argentine Gabriel Heinze was ruled out for the season with a serious knee injury in September.
"He is a good age and is still developing as a player, which is always exciting," Ferguson told the club's website.
"We have been monitoring him all season and it is fantastic that he is joining Manchester United."
Evra will be the second defender to arrive at Old Trafford since the transfer window opened at the start of the month following the signing of Spartak Moscow's Nemanja Vidic.