Manchester United were scuppered in their late pursuit of Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao last night as the La Liga giants were unable to secure a suitable replacement.
Coentrao was rated as one of the best left-backs in world football when he sealed a £25million move from Benfica to Real Madrid back in 2011.
However Coentrao has since struggled to hold down a starting berth at Madrid as Marcelo continues to be favoured for the left-back role.
What remains to be seen is why David Moyes wanted to sign the Portuguese international.
The left-back wouldn't have wanted to swap a place on Real Madrid's bench for a place on United's - so he must have been given some kind of assurance that he was going to become a regular at Old Trafford.
Coentrao can play on the left side of midfield and can also play in central midfield but he has made a name for himself and is an established left-back.
The breakdown in the move would be good for current left-back Patrice Evra who has been under pressure to perform given the fact that Moyes had launched at least two bids for Leighton Baines.
Several reports suggested Moyes wanted to sign Coentrao to allow Evra to play in midfield - but that would surely weaken the Premier League champions rather than strengthen them.
Evra used to play on the left wing during the early parts of his career at Monaco but now that he is 32 it makes sense that he plays in a deeper role where he can decide when to sit back and when to make bursting runs.
Added to that, Evra is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League alongside Chelsea's Ashley Cole.
The Frenchman will be disappointed that Moyes publicly targeted two international left-backs who were likely to going to take his place in the team.
Evra, who has been a terrific servant for Manchester United, deserves to see out the remaining year of his contract as a first-team regular rather than a peripheral figure of Moyes' plans.
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