Only 23 years old, Fabinho has been a major reason for Monaco’s breakthrough season in the Ligue 1. Helping his club snatch the championship away from the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, he scored 10 goals and provided 4 assists in his 52 games for the club over all competitions.
He is known to be very consistent and dependable on the pitch, and has constantly put in good performances throughout the season, managing to hold his team’s ground even when their defence was faltering.
However, latest reports suggest the Brazilian is poised to be United’s next signing, and would soon join Victor Lindelof at Old Trafford.
This move, along with Alvaro Morata’s deal, would effectively see a new player in United’s defence, midfield and attack. This would be similar to dealings made by Jose last season too, where he brought in Ibrahimovic, Bailly, Mkhitaryan, and Pogba to address all the outfield positions.
Jose Mourinho has seen Fabinho play for him before, when he gave the midfielder his debut for Los Blancos during the player’s short spell at Real Madrid.
But with speculation always floating around a club as large as Manchester United, the 23-year-old player’s wife may have given a strong reason to believe that the player has deemed Old Trafford as his next destination.
Rebecas Tavares, Fabinho’s wife, liked a comment which talked about her husband’s move to United. And although she was quick to undo it, the harm was done, with Twitterati screenshotting and attentively spotting her minor misgiving.
The tweet, originally in Portuguese, roughly translates to: “Fabinho, come to Manchester United, please!”
Fabinho, as a player, is an exquisite defensive midfielder. Playing in a role closer to Carrick’s, he holds the ball and waits for the opportune moment to open spaces. He is strong, and tackles his way from the opponent’s legs too.
While a direct comparison to Carrick himself would be unjust, the Brazilian can sure make a path for himself along the same road.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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