Why Moyes is wasting time pursuing Fabregas
By James Doyle
Ever since the great Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford along with some players that were key to the Reds success people have been wondering how David Moyes would do, and what players he would bring in.
At this late stage in the preparations for the 2013/14 season we still don't know the answers to either of these questions, more surprisingly the answer to the question of players. The reigning champions have pursued Cesc Fabregas all summer with no joy and here is why I believe they are wasting their time and money. They need him but they could do so much more with the money to improve their squad and challenge for the Premier League tile.
Moyes has not been shy in admitting that they have been chasing the former Arsenal man to marshall the midfield and I don't blame him. He would be a great addition to any side but more importantly he is a ready made replacement for Paul Scholes.
The current midfield crop available to the new boss does not posses an obvious replacement for Scholes otherwise he would never come out of retirement. Main contenders in current squad would be Anderson and Cleverly but neither of them have really proven themselves when they been given the chance to make the place their own. Although lets face it, Fabregas to the theatre of dreams will be a tough sell to entice him away from Barcelona.
First and fore most Fabregas is a Catalan he grew up in the world famous La Masia academy system at the Nou Camp, if he says he does not want to leave they are not going to accept any bids for him especially with his long history with the club. Another reason that the Spanish international is unlikely to join the reds is his Arsenal connection. He spent eight long years at the North London club and will be well aware of his position with the Gunners fans and how a move like this would change that.
So what is plan B for David Moyes, well if you are United fan i would not blame you for wondering if their is one but you could buy a couple of players that fill the role. A player that is most like Fabregas and could be available at the right price is Yohan Cabaye. The Frenchman has been a mainstay in the Newcastle United midfield for the past two seasons, and although it would be tough to prise him away from St James Park, owner Mike Ashley, is not scared to sell players for the right price.
Another more realistic target as plan B does not come from the mold as the previous mentions but would surely be welcome at Old Trafford and that is Marouane Fellani. The Everton man is well liked by Moyes as he was greatly influential in the Toffees rise since he joined in 2008. What he does bring that the other options do not bring is regular goals from midfield. The question is will Bill Kenwright allow Manchester United to take away another one of his prized assets.
So this is just a couple of my thoughts on Fabregas and possible second options but it would be great to hear what you think and who you would have instead of Cesc?
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