Could this Fabregas and Arsenal demolition job be tempting David Moyes?

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Want to bet new Manchester United manager David Moyes can't get a certain Fabregas performance for Arsenal against his Everton side out of his head?

Manchester United have made a bid for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, according to wide ranging reports, claimed to be in the region of €30 million.

It is a move David Moyes certainly would have given the green light to, after missing out on fellow Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara

Whether Barcelona will accept, or tolerate another midfielder leaving after Thiago's Bayern Munich switch is another matter.

What we do know is that Fabregas is a talented midfield player who Moyes has seen first hand on more than one occasion, when the Spaniard was in Arsenal colours going up against the Scotsman's Everton side.

And no game will have been more memorable than the opening game of the season in 2009.

With a tough away trip to Goodison Park, many had fancied Arsene Wenger's side to struggle in the fixture, but it proved anything back.

Arsenal lined up with a side which may make supporters gasp right now, considering how several of the players failed to fulfil their potential.

Their line-up read: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Song, Denilson, Fabregas, Arshavin, Van Persie, Bendtner.

Central to the result was none other than Cesc Fabregas, who pulled the strings and demolished Everton before he was mercifully withdrawn in the 72nd minute, with Arsenal 5-0 up.

Fabregas had provided assists for two of Arsenal's goals, and scored two in the second half of his own, playing a part in four of his side's goals.

The game ended 6-1 when Eduardo came on and bagged a goal of his own, with Louis Saha netting a stoppage time consolation.

The result equaled Liverpool's demolition of Crystal Palace more than a decade earlier as the biggest opening day win in Premier League history.

Moyes could only look on horrified as his usually tough to beat Everton side were ripped apart.

As the manager sanctions a bid for Fabregas, it is likely he has never forgotten that day how the Spaniard helped destroy his side and pre-season preparations in one go.

Now if only he could get his hands on him...

Where does the game rank in Fabregas' best games for Arsenal? Will he sign for United?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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