Date: 15th April 2012 at 12:07pm
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Competition is, and has always been fierce at Old Trafford.

With quality players vying for a place in the starting line up every week inevitably someone will have to miss out.

Case in point upfront, where last season’s Golden Boot winner Dimitar Berbatov can’t seem to get a game for love nor money, whilst Javier Hernandez is having to make do with sharing striking duties with Danny Welbeck.

Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio have long been touted for bright futures at the club, but whilst Rafael has progressed in the right back spot, Fabio has struggled.

The ever present Patrice Evra has proved an insurmountable object for Fabio whilst bad luck with injuries have proved a further obstacle.

Despite starting last year’s Champions League final, Fabio has been restricted to just 15 appearances this season thus Sir Alex Ferguson has come to the decision to let him go out on loan as he told United Review:

“Fabio will go on loan next season to give him concentrated first-team experience.

“I have already talked to him and he understands the value of playing regularly at a higher level than we can give him at the moment.”


7 responses to ““He understands the value of playing regularly at a higher level””

  1. Pip says:

    A little later than we could have done this, in my humble opinion. Our midfield requires attention (still). My concern would be that we won’t have the funds to make the purchases that we could have made last summer.

  2. jonathan says:

    Wow, it’s a bit surprising, but makes sense when I think about it a bit longer. He has all the talent in the world, and if he is able to play as a starter for an entire season it will do wonders.

    My question however is what will our cover look like for next season? His brother isn’t exactly immune from injury and though Evra has had a remarkable health history, sometimes you never know what can happen.

  3. cortez says:

    Hes getting kicked out, hope we get Lahm, Maxwell, Alba, Baines, Bale, Roberto Carlos jr, Dani Alves or Rafaels triplet brother.

  4. United says:

    With him now going on loan, at least we still have Ritchie De Laet as the cover for Evra. Looking forward to see the kind of progress he made since coming back from Norwich.

  5. Michael says:

    Yeah I think De Laet will be leaving in the summer. He didn’t do well at Norwich and they were happy to terminate the loan. I actually think his contract might be up at the end of the season.

    Fabio needs to go out and play every week. We need to find the right cub for him to develop. He could go to FC Twente with Steve McLaren as manager, if they have a need for him. Wigan would be ideal but again there needs to be a need.

  6. Steve says:

    It’s interesting that the Telegraph have today reported that Man Utd have agreed a deal for Nicolas Gaitan worth £20 million, plus the loan of Fabio and the permanent move of Macheda to Benfica.

    The same story broke last week in Portugal but they were not 100% on which players would go the other way. Macheda seems like a good choice because he needs to move on. It seems the Fabio inclusion on loan has concluded the deal and kept the cost of the deal down for Man Utd. I think there is strong merits for including players in deals if the overal transfer fee is kept lower.

    I’m not sure about Nicolas Gaitan but I trust Ferguson and hopefully this Argentine player is successful. I can’t understand where he plays though because he seems like a winger. I would have thought Ferguson would want Luka Modric, but that’s not to say he won’t go for him as well. If the deal is £20 million then Ferguson might have more room for another signing.

  7. Andrew says:

    Fabio’s agent has come out and said that Benfica are winning the race to get Fabio on loan. He has spoken to Ferguson about him going out on loan and Benfica is a strong possibility. This all links in with @Steve comments above and the story on the Telegraph. No smoke without fire!!!!! Maybe Nicolas Gaitan is Old Trafford bound this summer.

    I agree though that I also know little about him, but someone told me he has a similar style of play to David Silva. I hope that is true because a player like that would be useful for Man Utd. I’ve only seen him play wide left and another winger isn’t something I feel we need.