The Everton man stayed on Merseyside so United went for Coentrao instead.
After failing to tempt Everton into selling left-back Leighton Baines, Manchester United have switched tact and snapped up Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao on-loan.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) September 2, 2013
That Fabio Coentrao deal is a season-long loan to #MUFC …
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) September 2, 2013
Manager David Moyes wanted to strengthen at the left side of defence and with first choice Baines unavailable, the Scot instead looked to Los Blancos’ utility man.
Coentrao was linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur as part of the Gareth Bale deal, having admitted to feeling unwanted at the Santiago Bernabeu and being currently behind Brazilian Marcelo in the pecking order.
The 25-year-old signed for Madrid two years ago in a £26m deal from Benfica and has since gone onto make 63 appearances in all competitions.
Despite the fact the Portugal international formed a good bond with national team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, both current head coach Carlo Ancelotti and predecessor Jose Mourinho were unsure about the defender’s capabilities.
Although Coentrao generally operates at left-back, the Los Merengues star can also play as a defensive midfielder or on the left hand side of midfield.
This therefore gives Moyes more options, with the Red Devils lacking in the middle of the park despite the fact Marouane Fellaini has been bought in from Goodison Park in a £27.5m deal.
The Portuguese defender will spend a year on-loan at the Theatre of Dreams.
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