There has been much speculation over the left back slot at Manchester United and whether Alexander Buttner is good enough to be a long term replacement for Patrice Evra.
This has led to rumours from various media sources that Manchester United could go after a player like Luke Shaw, an extremely talented young man currently making a name for himself at Southampton.
However, there is a very good reason why United don’t need to do that and it comes in the form of Fabio, currently on loan at Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season.
Fabio was originally sent on loan to QPR to help him develop his first team experience and mature as a person, as there were suggestions Fergie thought he was too reliant on his brother, Rafael.
He’s had a decent season with QPR but it’s been nothing special; 16 Premier League appearances which includes five as a sub.
The point is Fabio has the same set of core skills as Luke Shaw and going after Shaw could be a waste of time, energy and money. Despite the height, he's arguably quicker, better on the ball, fitter and just as effective going forward.
Fabio has a history at United and proven experience of having played in a top Premier League side under the pressure which comes for any player representing United.
The only way his brother Rafael developed into arguably the best right back in the world, is through being thrown in at the deep end at United time and time again in big games and high pressure situations.
The only reason United may be considering going after Shaw this summer is to add a little bit of height and power in that position. Shaw is over six feet tall and at the end of the season, United will have a selection of three relatively small left backs.
However, it seems a very naïve and bizarre reason to pay a big fee for a player just because he’s taller than the other options at the club.
Shaw is five-years younger than Fabio but it’s a position where United don’t really need to add any extra bodies. It’s going to be a straight up fight between Fabio and Buttner to replace Evra and the little Brazilian stands a very good chance of securing that spot when he returns to Old Trafford.
United fans, what do you think? Is Fabio potentially good enough to replace Evra?
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