After seeing a loan-move fall through in the dying seconds of the summer transfer window Manchester United are preparing to go back in for Real Madrid’s out of favour defender Fabio Coentrao in January.
David Moyes has made signing a new left-back a priority since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson in July and after giving up hope of prising Leighton Baines from old club Everton the Old Trafford chief is set to move again for the Portuguese when the transfer window reopens in the new year.
Coentrao is behind fellow left-back Marcelo in the Bernabeu pecking order
The Portugal international is struggling for game-time in the Spanish capital with Brazilian Marcelo preferred at left-back by new coach Carlo Ancelotti, as he was under former gaffer Jose Mourinho.
Coentrao has managed to get on the pitch just twice for Real during this campaign and has failed to even make the bench for Los Merengues’ other six matches so far.
The former Benfica man created 12 goalscoring chances in his 17 La Liga games last season
Despite finding appearances hard to come by in 2012/13, 39-times capped Coentrao still managed to impress with his attacking prowess down the left wing and pitched in with a goal at home to Espanyol back in December.
He can defend too, with the Madrid rearguard keeping their opponents off the scoresheet on seven occasions in the league when the Portuguese featured and conceding just a single goal or less in 12 of those 17 fixtures.
Patrice Evra has done little so far to convince he is still worthy of his place in the United side
Evra has shown signs of defensive fallibility under the Moyes regime and did not track back quickly enough to help his team prevent Samir Nasri’s goal in the 4-1 Manchester derby humbling at the Etihad.
The former France captain will be 33 in May and despite his continued attacking threat down the left flank, with eight chances created so far in the league this season, a long term successor needs to be sought.