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Will Mourinho solve Man United’s right-back dilemma with Brazilian?

| 19.07.2016

With the much-publicised issue of Paul Pogba’s potential return to Man United, another likely arrival at Old Trafford has slipped under the radar.

But securing the signature of Monaco right-back Fabinho could prove as crucial as any other Jose Mourinho purchase, following United’s issues on the right flank last season.

The 22-year-old has impressed since arriving at Monaco last summer from Portuguese outfit Rio Ave, via a brief loan spell with Real Madrid. Making 47 appearances for the principality outfit last season, the Brazilian scored eight goals in total, as Les Rouges et Blancs secured a third-placed finish in Ligue 1.

Those contributions – which included a winning goal away at PSG in March – didn’t go unnoticed by then-Brazil boss Dunga, with the pacy right-back quickly amassing four senior caps for Canarinho.

For United’s part, last season saw Matteo Darmian struggle to make an impact, producing just one goal and a solitary assist in 39 matches, while Antonio Valencia and Guillermo Varela lack the quality to make themselves first-choice players in a side with the Red Devils’ lofty ambitions.

With Transfermarkt.co.uk rating Fabinho’s current market value at £13.6m, Mourinho would be wise to get the deal tied up this summer, with Monaco’s upcoming Champions League campaign likely to boost the player’s exposure and his price tag.

United are 7/2 second-favourites for the Premier League title this season, though if they can tie up deals for Pogba and Fabinho, those odds could quickly tumble.

The Red Devils begin their campaign with a trip to Bournemouth, where they’re 8/11 to avenge last season’s Dean Court defeat by taking all three points.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.