How missing out on Coentrao could be a blessing in disguise for David Moyes

Manchester United failed in an attempt to sign Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao but it may all work out for the best.

Manchester United tried and failed to bring in some cover to Patrice Evra at left back which means David Moyes will be watching that position in the side anxiously until at least January.

Portuguese full back Fabio Coentrao would have been a quality addition to the Manchester United squad but missing out on him altogether may ironically work out for the best as far as United are concerned.

United tried, very publicly, to sign Leighton Baines from Everton before they switched their attention to the Real Madrid defender.

It’s very clear that David Moyes doesn’t have a lot of faith in the back up options to Evra in the United squad and his admiration for Baines is just as clear.

We will never know what was said between Moyes and his former club when he tried to re-sign Baines and it may have been a very firm message that it was a deal which would never happen.

However, if football has taught us anything it’s that each player has a price that his parent club will be willing to let him go at.

There is already plenty of criticism over the way United went about their business in the last transfer window but there is a very small chance of something similar happening again and all concerned have learnt lessons.

Moyes now has the chance to go back to the drawing board as far as a deal for Baines is concerned and work on some sort of offer which will be far more concrete by the time the next transfer window comes along.

If Moyes desperately wants Baines to join him at Old Trafford then he now has plenty of time and space to put together a package which can instantly be proposed to Everton as January draws in.

It’s likely that Everton will give some sort of indication as to why that deal may be rejected and then Moyes can urge United to react quickly to make sure they don’t miss out on their man.

They can effectively create a situation for themselves where it’s only impossible for them to sign Baines if Everton put a completely unrealistic price on Baines’ head which would be idiotic for United to pay.

In the case, the club could then look at alternative options but if it comes down to haggling over a fee, United are much more likely to get negotiations kick started quickly over letting another transfer window wind down.

The deal for Marouane Fellaini yesterday showed that teams looking to buy on deadline day have no room to manoeuvre and no room to get a good price, which is why it’s so important for United to be ready and sweep Everton off their feet in any future deal for the full back.

Do you think United will go after Baines again? How can they make sure they get the deal next time?

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