The Evening Chronicle says David Moyes has spent much of the summer chasing Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas.
The former Arsenal man pledged his future to the Nou Camp giants this week.
However, an ankle injury sustained in Barca's 3-1 win over a Malaysia XI has left any potential move to Old Trafford in serious doubt.
Cabaye has been on Man United's shortlist for some time and Moyes will have to re-assess his options this weekend as he looks to bring in a midfielder.
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