Predicting David Moyes' 1st Big Disappointment with Manchester United

James McNicholas@@jamesmcnicholasFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 20:  Cesc Fabregas of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Levante UD at Camp Nou on April 20, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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David Moyes will know that taking the helm at Manchester United brings with it both huge risks and enormous rewards.

There will surely be glory. The story of the club is littered with trophies. Indeed, Moyes’ very first match in charge will be an immediate opportunity to claim silverware, as he takes charge for the Community Shield against relegated Wigan Athletic.

However, there will be also be difficult times. Even Sir Alex Ferguson struggled in the early years. Moyes’ suitability to manage United will be largely determined by how he recovers from the inevitable setbacks.

The first major disappointment for Moyes is likely to arise in the summer transfer window. Try as he might, it is hugely unlikely he will be able to lure Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.

The Independent first linked Fabregas with United back in May. Since the, stories about their interest have circulated regularly. Last week, former United defender, Dennis Irwin, told Sunday Word newspaper, via ESPN, that the club would "move Heaven and Earth" to bring the Spanish midfielder back to England.

It’s easy to see why Moyes wants Fabregas. Despite the title-winning heroics of last season, the centre of United’s midfield has long been regarded as one of the side’s weaker elements. The retirement of Paul Scholes has further underlined the need for a creative midfielder.

Fabregas is both a creator and a goalscorer. In the 2012-13 season, he scored 14 goals and notched 12 assists in just 41 starts.

Although Fabregas has not been an unqualified success at the Nou Camp, he has still been an effective part of one of the most talented squad’s in Europe and won a La Liga title in the process. 

With doubts over Wayne Rooney’s future persisting, Fabregas could effectively replace the England forward. Both players can operate either in a deep central midfield role or as a false nine.  

United would also take pleasure from securing the signature of another former Arsenal hero. One year after snatching Robin van Persie from the Emirates Stadium, there’d be a deep satisfaction derived from recruiting another former Gunners skipper to join him at Old Trafford. The pair would also be able to resume the devastatingly effective understanding they demonstrated in Arsenal colours.

However, even moving "Heaven and Earth" may not be enough to prise Fabregas from Barcelona. Quizzed by Catalonian radio about his future, the Spanish international said:

There is nothing to say. I’m very happy at Barca, and I want to stay for many more years to come.

Fabregas fought hard to secure his move back to the Nou Camp and is unlikely to turn his back at Barcelona after just two seasons in La Liga.

With Xavi’s powers on the wane, Fabregas will feel there is a chance to establish himself at the heart of the Barcelona team for the next decade.

Even if he did decide to leave the Catalan club, his emotional ties to Arsenal might see him gravitate towards London.

United and Moyes' pursuit of the former Gunners playmaker is destined to be fruitless.