With the transfer window just 14 days old, Manchester United fans can be forgiven for becoming somewhat anxious. After a wretched summer in which they lost out on a number of desirable targets, it is of paramount importance that they do not experience the same sort of drought this time.
If the deluge of recent speculation and rumours is to be believed, then David Moyes is working tirelessly to ensure that he is able to sufficiently strengthen his squad before the market shuts once more at the beginning of February.
One particular player that Moyes seems intent on signing is one that he also reportedly tried - and failed - to bring to Old Trafford back during that dark and immensely disappointing summer of 2013.
The player in question is Portuguese full-back Fabio Coentrao. In recent days, Manchester United have been linked with a January loan switch for the Real Madrid man, with a potential £20 million summer fee reportedly proving the major stumbling block to completion.
In my opinion, Moyes should be commended for attempting to complete a deal that appears to make perfect sense for the club. 25-year-old Coentrao, who has been at Real since moving from Primeira Liga outfit Benfica during the summer of 2011.
However, he has made just four appearances in La Liga so far this season and it has become somewhat apparent that Carlo Ancelotti does not hold him in particularly high regard.
In that sense, it should not prove particularly tricky for Manchester United to convince their Spanish counterparts into parting with him.
With French full-back Patrice Evra - the current incumbent of United's number-three shirt - looking likely to leave the club upon the expiration of his contract, Coentrao would be a fitting and capable long-term replacement.
Coentrao's impressive versatility also appears to lift him slightly above the other potential candidates to succeed Evra. While he is perhaps at this best when filling in at that left-back spot, he is equally as efficient playing slightly further ahead wide out on the flank
By absolutely no means should this be Manchester United's only signing this month. The Red Devils' entirely underwhelming and rocky start to life under the tutelage of David Moyes have made it glaringly obvious that the current squad is simply not good enough to continue to compete at the summit of the top-flight.
However, Coentrao's availability and versatility makes him a thoroughly good place to begin.
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