To be fair, Rojo has a massive learning curve, and he is already doing very, very well. I think he will cement his place as the years go by and become a regular week in week out (which he already is by the way)
Fabio Coentrao says a move to Manchester United would be 'an honour'
Last Updated: 31/03/15 10:02am
Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao has said it would "be an honour" to play for Manchester United.
Reports in Spain on Tuesday morning claim United are preparing to renew their long-standing interest in Coentrao, who was on the verge of joining them back in August 2013.
The Portugal international has been a bit-part player at Madrid this season and would has said he would jump at the chance to revive his career at United.
He told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo: "I already showed that interest in playing there (at Manchester United). It's one of the best clubs in the world, a club that I admire a lot. It would be an honour to play there."
United have continued to monitor his situation at the Bernabeu and will try to tempt the 27-year-old left-back once again at the end of the season, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
AS also states that United want to strengthen their left-back position due to Luke Shaw's injury problems this season.
Coentrao, who is under contract until 2019, has not been a regular under Carlo Ancelotti this term, although he has often been selected for Madrid's most important matches in recent years, including last year's Champions League final.
I'd love to have him here. With Shaw's injury problems and a young age, desire that Rojo settling himself in a LCB spot and while Blind is a very good (underrated) option as a cover, it's not far fetched to say that bringing someone like Coentrao, with a bags of experience on the top level would be a great idea. He's had his fair share of injuries too but if we're to buy him, lets hope both Shaw and him are not injured at the same time.
I'm reading various comments about the new Coentrao link, more of them are opposed to buying him than those in favor of it. While I agree that there is other pressing needs and "priorities" etc, it's also that every coin has two sides.
Look at it from a different stance for a minute: I don't see Coentrao as a direct threat to Shaw's progress, quite contrary. We all know that Shaw is much better defensively than offensively while Fabio is the opposite case. While he has a bags of experience I'm inclined to think that Shaw would learn and improve massively in attack working with Coentrao. He is still young and we all agree that he's the future on that spot, but it wouldn't be a stupid idea to make a bridge between now and future and the bridge would be someone like Coentrao.
This is also exactly the same reason why I would buy Lacazette (24 this year) over any other striker in the world right now, young or experienced one. He would be that bridge between Wilson (and fantastic partner) who is 19 till December and Rooney (30 in October). I don't count other two strikers who are most probably bound to leave sooner or later, but soon enough! He's also versatile and plays anywhere in the final third and we all know that LvG loves that kind of players. Coentrao being the similar case.
Shaw has looked good when he's played, and I'm more than happy with Blind, Rojo and at a push Blackett as backups. I'm not a huge fan of Coentrao, but he would for sure improve our squad. I just don't think a LB is necessary. In fact I think that LB is the one position that least needs improving.
Likewise I think we have higher priorities and Blind has proved he is good enough to play there, to be honest I think Shaw may struggle to get his place back. Plus we have enough cover. Realistically we are looking at four at a big push five players coming in this summer, too many could do more harm than good.