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Fabio Coentrao: Manchester United's 'One that got away' - For Now

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By: Dafydd Jones 19 Nov 2013 09:19:20

Fabio Coentrao: Manchester United's 'One that got away' - For Now

A whirlwind of transfer chaos and misery hit United hard this summer, after failing to clinch Real Madrid’s forgotten left-back Fabio Coentrao on loan, Moyes must rejoice and try his luck once more to snap up the Portuguese prodigy on a permanent deal. The 25-year-old could turn into arguably the best left-back in the world, and would be a great asset to the United squad.

It doesn't seem long ago that United were pipped by Real Madrid for the signature of the blonde Benfica bombshell. After a season of dazzling performances in the Primeira Liga, Coentrao attracted interest from the biggest clubs all over Europe, but opted for the summer sunshine of Spain. Stardom sparkled in the mind of the youngster, enticed by the famous white kit, and all the perks that came with it. Coached by the ‘godfather’ of football, Mourinho for one. Stepping out to the roaring croud of the Bernabéu and linking up with fellow countryman Ronaldo obviously played a big role in luring him to Madrid. A wise choice one would think, but Coentrao’s career with the Spanish giants has been rather average, but why?

Since joining Madrid, the 25-year-old hasn't’t been able to cement a solid stance in that left-back roll, being second fiddle to Marcelo, another fantastic full-back. However, the Brazilian faced three months on the sidelines last season after fracturing his metatarsal, which left a void for Coentrao to fill, which he did. Featuring 30 times for Madrid in the 2012/13 campaign, the building blocks for a successful career with Madrid had finally begun, cue David Moyes.

Moyes was evidently looking to strengthen the left-back position, a singular bid of £15 million for Leighton Baines, then a double offer for Baines and fellow Everton team mate Fellaini, both were rejected. Moreover, with Patrice Evra being 32-years-old, Fabio needing time to develop and Alexander Büttner not seeming defensively adequate, the decision to sign Coentro on loan was one of wisdom and brilliance. But of course, it was not to be. To United’s discontent, Real Madrid pulled out of negotiations and the deal fell through. Losing out on a versatile player, capable of playing in defence or across the midfield. Technically gifted and defensively sound, a beautifully balanced footballer, a joy to watch. With hope, we will return for him in January.

 


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