With Fabinho’s father having revealed recently that “talks with Manchester United” have taken place regarding his son, it’s fair to say that more than a few Red Devils supporters were paying close attention to Monaco’s trip to Manchester City last night.
Amid a stunningly talented group of players in the Mediterranean side’s ranks, the Brazilian stands out, with his imposing frame, explosiveness and technical ability having seen him move, with great effect, from right-back to central midfield over the course of the past 12 months.
His Ligue 1 showings have attracted much attention, and he really put in a performance to justify the hype last night at the Etihad Stadium…
The 23-year-old was a key cog in a Monaco team that more than held their own against the riches of Man City, completing 81% of his 31 passes while taking 44 touches of the ball from the centre of the pitch. Impressively, he laid on two goals, but also showed his combative side by winning two aerial duels and making two interceptions.
Man United still need a box-to-box partner for Paul Pogba, and Fabinho’s physicality may make him Jose Mourinho’s ideal candidate.