Manchester United – Move for Coentrao on the rocks

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Manchester United’s planned move for Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao is on the ropes this evening because of an injury to Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba. Why does Alaba matter I hear you ask? Well the Daily Express detail how Madrid sought out the Austrian defender to replace Coentrao should he make a Premier League move.

Fabio Coentrao began his career at Rio Ave and moved on to Benfica in 2007. He had a number of loan spells before being fully integrated into the first team where he impressed. In July 2011 he got his mega move to Spanish giants Real Madrid for a €30m part exchange deal. Coentrao has 47 La Liga appearances under his belt for Los Blancos but has only played once this season so Carlo Ancelloti is ready to sell him in January.

Coentrao was set to be replaced by David Alaba of Bayern Munich who at 22-years-old is one of the best full-backs in world football. Manchester United were set to swoop for Coentrao but Alaba’s move to Spain will most likely take place in the summer if at all after the player suffered a serious knee injury. With 96 Bundesliga showings for the German champions it will be 3 months on the sidelines for the Austrian who has sustained ligament damage during the Champions League clash with Roma mid-week.

His manager, Pep Guardiola told the press: “We lost a great player who plays fantastic football. It’s a shame because he will be out for two or three months. I hope he returns after Christmas as his versatility makes him a very important player for us.” It remains to be seen if Los Blancos could actually convince Bayern Munich to part with their defender but until they do Manchester United will be left waiting for Coentrao.