Re: 2011-12 English Premier League Discussion Thread
this is a surprising to hear, perhaps another left back may be brought in
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Fabio is set to leave the club on loan next season.
The Brazilian defender has had a couple of outings at Reserves level recently but has made only one Barclays Premier League appearance this year - as a second-half substitute for Patrice Evra in the 5-0 win at Wolves.
The manager is wary that the 21-year-old needs regular football at this stage of his career and is willing to farm him out to another club in time for the 2012/2013 campaign. After appearing in the Champions League final against Barcelona last season, the full-back has made 15 appearances this term, with many of them coming in Europe or the Carling Cup.
"I hope that Fabio will develop the same way as his twin [Rafael] and, to help him, he will go out on loan next season to give him concentrated first-team experience," the boss wrote in his exclusive column in Sunday's United Review, the official matchday programme.
"I have already talked to him and he understands the value of playing regularly at a higher level than we can give him at the moment."
I believe the point was that you could have chucked anyone in at CM and should be able to beat Wigan, not that Scholes hasnt been bossing it. Otherwise you're saying that United without Scholes should be battling relegation.
Anyone who has watched Giggs play centre midfield for us this season knew what was coming, no ball retention at all.
The battling relegation thing isn't what I'm saying at all. I was saying in a lot fewer words that due to the way Wigan have been playing recently mixed with United's inability to play against teams that press us all over the pitch we were very unlikely to get any sort of grip in midfield without Scholes as he is still the best pass and mover in the league. None of our other fit midfielders have the ability to find themselves in pockets of space like him and then be able to slow the game down a bit. In games where we want to have any control of the midfield the Scholes-Carrick combination is vital, as the rest aren't good enough. Sad state of affairs, but it says a lot for the rest of the league that we are currently top in that situation.