With the latest gossip surrounding United being their failure to capture Fabio Coentrao on a one year loan move, eyebrows were raised as to why David Moyes is so desperate to find a replacement for Patrice Evra despite his improvement and progress over the year.
The thought of signing Leighton Baines never faded away from Moyes' mind and that the Red Devils combined bid for the 29-year-old left back together with Fellaini caused negotiations to become complicated to the point where they could only sign the Belgian midfielder in the last minutes of the window shows how much he wanted him.
With the possibility of not being able to sign Baines appearing quite apparent, Moyes opted for a loan move for Fabio Coentrao - who has always been second to Marcelo at Real Madrid - as an act of desperation in order to try to secure a new left back player for the season.
The move fell through and was only known after the transfer window had closed.
Now that all the signings are over, every United fans would be pondering, what was David Moyes thinking trying to replace Evra with another left back? To be honest, there was a little relief that those deals didn't get through because finding a new left back is not United's main concern at the moment.
In hindsight, however, Moyes' main intention may have been wanting to create a competitive environment for Evra to avoid complacency - something everyone noticed since the Champions League Final in 2009.
Every Man Utd fan would very much remember how Evra stepped up his game after seeing the young Buttner performed so well at his debut. Hence, Moyes' main intention would have probably been good, which is to try and force Evra into stepping up his game once more, taking it to a whole new level for United.
The main problem was of course had Baines signed for United, Moyes would not be able to accommodate two very good left backs in one team sheet-especially if it is in the cup competition like the Champions League final- both have great qualities to their game.
What makes things worst is of course the fact that United does already have two exceptionally young talent at that position as well - Alexandre Buttner and Fabio Da Silva. Had Baines signed, this will definitely limit their chances for more first team opportunities and that in the end, they may decide to leave for another club.
Regardless of all these, now that the transfer window is closed, United remain with three high quality left backs. Whether David Moyes will be satisfied with them and not try to make a move on a new left back once more in January remains to be seen.
My recommendation however is for David Moyes to stop looking for a left back and start looking for a new midfielder. Evra is a great player who truly appreciates playing for Manchester United - and he will definitely see off his career in a few years time at Old Trafford.
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