Picking a Manchester United XI to Include Cesc Fabregas
It was a story that came out of nowhere, then seemed to build in momentum as mainstream media picked it up.
ESPN ran an exclusive last week that declared: "United have made initial contact with Barcelona over a potential purchase of Fabregas as David Moyes has finally set out his main plans for a first transfer window as manager at Old Trafford."
Moyes clearly loves the Barcelona style. The other name linked with a move to Old Trafford is Thiago Alcantara, who ESPN claim is also a primary target.
But the likelihood of Fabregas moving to United is slim.
It is predicated on the assumption that he is no longer needed at the Camp Nou. That his place at the club has become marginalised and that he is expendable.
It is worth mentioning that out of all Barca's outfield players, Cesc started the most games in La Liga last term (30).
He scored 11 goals and created 11 assists. There is even a feeling in Catalonia that his best football lies ahead and his time will come.
This being said, stranger things have happened in football.
How Would He Fit at Old Trafford?
It is worth anticipating how Moyes would use a player like Fabregas at United, and just how he would fit into a potential starting lineup.
The Spaniard has been playing in a more forward role at times for the Blaugrana this season as part of the side's famous "false 9" formation.
But if he were to move to United, it stands to reason he would play the central playmaker in the 4-2-3-1 behind Robin van Persie.
This is where he excelled at Arsenal, and it's arguably his best position.
The main problem with this is Shinji Kagawa's need for games. The Japan international's best position is also the trequartista—it would be difficult to envision both players in the same XI.
Kagawa is poised for a breakthrough campaign, he is undeserving of spending more time toiling on the bench.
A solution would be to move Cesc back alongside Michael Carrick in a deeper, roaming role.
He hasn't been particularly impressive this season in holding midfield for Barca, though, and any potential partnership with Carrick at United would provide the team's defence with little protection.
Moyes may have plans to overhaul the Red Devils' current tactics next season, but this would mean a change in his philosophy too.
He may harbour an ambition to turn United into a second version of Barcelona, but simply buying either Fabregas or Thiago isn't going to accomplish this.
The Red Devils must craft their own identity under Moyes.
Look to the Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund models too for inspiration, but use players like Van Persie, Kagawa and Phil Jones to create the next United dynasty.
Cesc Fabregas is a world-class footballer, and one who could potentially thrive at Old Trafford.
But for now, everything is pure conjecture.
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