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Fabio at left wing - Manchester United's next move?

Will David Moyes get inventive to solve United's wide dilemmas.

Manchester United's width issues which existed last season have continued early into this campaign, and you'd be hard pressed to find a single supporter happy with either Ashley Young or Nani.

Antonio Valencia remains inconsistent, and Wilfried Zaha has not been given an opportunity to make an impact, with only teenager Adnan Januzaj giving reason to be positive, but also showing up his more experienced teammates.

But perhaps there is another solution staring David Moyes in the face.

Fabio da Silva scored United's fourth goal in their midweek Capital One Cup win over Norwich City, charging into the penalty area late on as the club's most advanced player down the left hand side to poke the ball past goalkeeper Mark Bunn into the net.

It was the Brazilian's fourth goal of his career, all for United, and brought back memories of two of them in particular.

They both came in the 2010/11 season when he was played for a very short period on the left wing for Manchester United, one as a substitute against Wigan, and one an FA Cup tie against Arsenal, where twin brother Rafael played on the opposite flank.

It is an experiment which has never been repeated, but with United's wide situation as it is at present, and the full-back's contract set to expire in 2014, surely it is an approach worth giving another go for the sake of the player's career and United's own prospects.

Fabio possesses quickness of feet and pace which give him the raw abilities to play the role, and also has a defensive side to his game which would mean he would be adept at helping out Patrice Evra at left-back.

His natural attacking qualities were shown years ago at the 2007 under-17 World Cup, where he scored three goals for Brazil outshining his twin brother, but has only shown this form fleetingly.

As the season goes on, playing Fabio in a more forward role is one tactic we would like to see United adopt on a more regular basis to see if he can utilise the goal threat he briefly displayed in midweek on a consistent basis and rejuvenate his career in the process.

Do you agree? Should Fabio get chances on the wing?

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