It was reported very soon after the transfer deadline passed that Manchester United had made a loan bid for Fabio Coentrao of Real Madrid.
The Portuguese international, who joined the Spanish giants from Benfica for a reported fee of €30million, has found himself out of the first team picture at the Bernabeu, with Brazilian team mate Marcelo the clear first choice for manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Although there was rumoured to be a late bid from Tottenham Hotspur, it was the Red Devils who made the late move with the deal very close to being complete. It was not to be however as Real Madrid pulled the plug on any possible deal as soon as it came to light that Coentrao's replacement, Guilherme Siqueira, of Granada had agreed to move to Benfica.
But did Man Utd need Fabio Coentrao or was he a simply an attempt to appease the fans?
He is a very, very talented player and after missing out on Leighton Baines, Coentrao was viewed as the next best thing. David Moyes was clearly so unhappy with United's current left back Patrice Evra and was so desperate to sign a new one to the extent that he might have even sacrificed the possibility of signing a new creative midfielder.
Some say Evra is getting older, but there is no questioning his ability and commitment. The French international is occasionally guilty of lapses in concentration, but as he has shown already this season, he is one of Man Utd's brightest players going forwards.
Add to this the consistency to which he performs and you wonder just why Moyes is so desperate to replace him.
Very rarely does he get injured and out of the back four he is the only one that you can expect to play every single game. Throw into the mix Alexander Buttner, Evra's supposed replacement, who has the potential to become a world class left back, and Moyes' judgement again comes into question. There is even a third choice left back at the club already, in the form of Fabio da Silva, should Moyes fall short of options.
Coentrao is a fantastic player but at the moment United have a player in Patrice Evra who is arguably a better and safer option, along with a keen apprentice in Buttner. Coentrao is stuck on the bench at Real Madrid but had he moved to Old Trafford would that have been any different?
And if Evra was benched without a good reason eyebrows would really start to be raised.
Still the question remains though, what is Patrice Evra lacking in Moyes' opinion which nobody else can see?
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