Three reasons why Cesc Fabregas won’t join Man United
Kieran Beckles discusses three reasons why Cesc Fabregas is unlikely to swap Chelsea for Man United this summer
Past his peak powers
There is no question that Cesc Fabregas’s powers are starting to wane. The Spain international blew the Premier League away with his performances in the first half of the 2014/15 season as Chelsea eased away from their title rivals. However, the 29-year-old faded badly in the second half of the campaign despite winning his first Premier League crown and his woes continued into the following season. Admittedly, Fabregas rediscovered some semblance of his old self under Guus Hiddink but he is a different player to the buccaneering box-to-box midfielder that won the hearts of Arsenal supporters – before breaking them. Also, United have already exceeded their quota of midfielders past their best, with Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger facing uncertain futures at Old Trafford.
Does Fabregas really want a Mourinho reunion?
There was controversy surrounding Fabregas’s supposed role in Jose Mourinho’s demise at Stamford Bridge. It was something which was quashed by the player on countless occasions and BBC pundit Pat Nevin was even forced to apologise for insinuating the Spanish midfielder had any involvement. While there was no issue between Fabregas and Mourinho (something which was highlighted by the midfielder’s farewell tweet to the manager upon news of his sacking, why would the ex-Arsenal captain want to tamper with what was a promising end to the 2015/16 season with a move to Old Trafford?
Better options out there
Fabregas is 29. If Mourinho is to build a lasting legacy at United then the Portuguese manager needs to sign a midfielder who can dominate the centre of the pitch for years to come. While the new manager was quick to rubbish the suggestion that he doesn’t given youth a chance with his list of 49 players that have been handed debuts under the Portuguese coach, there is another stigma which Mourinho is yet to deal with. One of the chief criticisms of Mourinho is his short-term thinking. The 53-year-old lasted no more than three-and-a-half seasons at Porto, Chelsea (two spells), Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Signing Fabregas, who realistically given his lack of pace may have two or three seasons of top quality football left in his ageing legs, would give ammunition to his critics. It’s all very well signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the Swedish legend will be playing in a role that doesn’t require much movement. He’ll be the banner man up front. What United’s midfield needs is legs and dynamism to complement summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Carrick and Schweinsteiger failed to deliver the necessary energy last season, and as was highlighted last term at Chelsea, Fabregas is no holding midfielder.