Manchester United's pursuit of Leighton Baines via a rejected £15 million bid coupled with a seemingly out of thin air approach for Fabio Coentrao may have left Patrice Evra with the feeling that the new manager David Moyes doesn't view him as a viable long or mid-term option as suitor for the left-back position.
Evra has started the season in a moderately well-rounded fashion and may continue to progress regardless of the transfer talk, given that he's faced such adversity in the past. Yet why did Moyes look to replace Evra without even giving a thought to Fabio Da Silva or Alexander Buttner? Moyes and, increasingly, chief executive Ed Woodward are coming under fire for making a mockery out of United by making failed attempts to sign two players who wouldn't have benefitted the club greatly.
The position taken by such failed bids will take their toll throughout the season in both Evra's future attitude and a potential loan move for Buttner. This means that Fabio may get a chance if there were an injury to Evra and may be able to counterpart his winged-twin in a fashion not too dissimilar to the Neville brothers at United.
The January transfer window will be rife with speculation at United, yet hopefully void of new left-back approaches. For the time being, United must put faith in the squad they have.
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