Report: Manchester United deny interest in Fabio Coentrao; back Shaw

Fabio Coentrao

Manchester United have reportedly denied interest in making a summer move for Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao and given Luke Shaw their vote of confidence.

Fabio Coentrao recently admitted to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo that he's honoured by links to Manchester United and, after a failed move to Old Trafford two summers ago, it suggested he would welcome the chance to finally make his desired move to the Red Devils.

However, Manchester United don't seem to feel the same way and sources close to the club have informed the Daily Star that Coentrao is not in their plans as they have given their full backing to 19-year-old Luke Shaw, whose first season with the club has been riddled with injuries leading to inconsistent performances.

"Luke has had some bad luck with injuries this season, but he is still expected to go on and become a hugely influential and important member of the team for a long time.

"Fabio Coentrao is not someone the club has an interest in signing," the source is quoted as saying.

Coentrao has consistently fallen behind Marcelo in the pecking order since arriving on a €30 million transfer from Benfica in July 2011 due to injuries and on-field and off-field disciplinary issues.

The 27-year-old looked set to join Manchester United in 2013, but the clubs weren't able to file the transfer paperwork in time and the deal fell through, leaving Coentrao allegedly sobbing to his teammates in the dressing room.

Real Madrid are keen to remove Coentrao, who just signed a new contract extension until 2019, as Los Blancos are, according to Mundo Deportivo, planning on launching an €18 million bid for Valencia Jose Luis Gaya, whose contract extension talks with Valencia have come to a standstill.

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