Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes is poised to sign out-of-favour Manchester United defender Fabio da Silva on a season long loan reports The Sun.
The full-back, 21, was originally set for a season long loan in Portugal with Benfica. His agent Cassiano Pereira was quoted as saying:
‘There is a high possibility that Fabio will go to Benfica. Alex Ferguson has talked with me and Fabio about this possibility and the next two or three weeks we should know our position.’
According to the article Fabio has since had second thoughts about moving to Lisbon as he feels regular first team football in the Premier league would better improve his chances of getting into the United team consistently in the future.
The Brazilian has struggled to make any kind of impact in the Manchester United since signing for the club in February 2007. Last season he was frozen out of the starting XI by Patrice Evra and his twin Rafael. In all his time at Old Trafford he has only made eight starts.
As a result Sir Alex is keen to send the full-back out on a season’s loan to give him the regular football he believes will benefit him. The Scot was quoted as saying:
‘I have already talked to him (Fabio) and he understands the value of playing regularly at a higher level than we can give him at the moment.’
The Sun article reports that QPR manager Mark Hughes has been closely monitoring Fabio’s situation and is hoping to convince Ferguson to allow the player to spend next season at Loftus Road.
It will be interesting to see whether Fabio will be able to blossom given some regular first team football. He has been unable to make an impact in a fairly average United side in comparison to previous years, although to be fair to him he has had his fair share of injury problems.
The United scouts must have seen something special in the twins when they originally scouted them and I think it is about time both Fabio and his twin Rafael turn their potential into some quality performances. I think it may be last chance saloon time for Fabio and I believe that if he is unsuccessful in his loan spell, whether it be in Lisbon or London, it could be the end of the line with regards to his Manchester United career.
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