Why Cesc Fabregas would thrive at Manchester United
Could Cesc Fabregas be the first big signing under the David Moyes era at Manchester United?
It has been reported this week that David Moyes has placed a second, improved offer for Barcelona man Cesc Fabregas in an attempt to prize him away from the Nou Camp.
The Catalonian club has said that no decision will be made until a new coach has been appointed leaving an element of mystery surrounding the outcome of this transfer.
Having let Thiago go already this summer to Bayern will they really want to depart with another creative midfield asset?
And even if the offer is accepted will Cesc Fabregas want to leave his beloved Barcelona and play for Manchester United?
Questions remain and this saga threatens to drag on for the majority of the transfer window, but if Moyes is successful in his bid for the former Arsenal midfielder and Fabregas does in fact find that his future career is destined to be played out under the floodlights of Old Trafford is he the man who will come to define the Moyes era?
As well as any potential success he may achieve as the Manchester United manager?
The arrival of Cesc Fabregas promises to fill the void that has been left by the second, and final retirement of Paul Scholes.
Not many people would have the tools to match the achievements of Manchester’s prodigal son let alone better them, but Fabregas certainly harbors the talent to do both of those things.
More than this, the arrival of Fabregas could come to define the Moyes era, as the arrival of Cantona and Keane came to define Sir Alex Ferguson's.
He has the potential to dominate the Manchester United team for years and reestablish himself as one of the Premier League's most talented midfielders.
Fabregas has found the going tough in the season just gone, with Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets the preferred midfield trio. Very often Fabregas has found himself deployed as part of the front three - and most often used as the 'false 9'. Due to this he has struggled for form, particularly in the bigger games where playing in a less familiar role up against improved opposition (the games against Paris St German springs to mind) proved particularly challenging for the Spain International.
But returned to his favored midfield berth it would be fair to assume Fabregas would recapture his scintillating form which inspired Barcelona to part ways with £35million to obtain his services in 2011.
Fabregas would thrive within the United midfield.
With Carrick holding the deeper role in central midfield, it would release Fabregas to operate further up the pitch utilizing his vision and incisive passing.
Instead of having to play with his back to goal, having to drop off the back four to receive the ball as he has to when operating in the 'False 9' role, his advanced midfield position will allow him to attack and penetrate defences in a way far more suited to his style of play.
Re-uniting Fabregas with his former teammate Robin van Persie is also sure to please United fans with the Dutchman licking his lips at the thought of the service Fabregas could provide. And with Shinji Kagawa's second season hyped to be something special the Spaniard could strike up a very successful partnership with him as well.
Cesc Fabregas has the potential to add his name to the list of great Manchester United players but it remains to be seen whether he is willing to bide his time a littler longer at the Nou Camp with Xavi's illustrious career reaching its twilight years and Fabregas touted as being the natural replacement.
One thing is for sure, Manchester United badly need to invest in some quality with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City strengthening substantially already this summer.
And the signing of Fabregas could very well be difference to Moyes winning silverware in his first season as Manchester United boss or finding himself outgunned by the competition.
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