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Man Utd fluffed paperwork to lose Coentrao deal

Manchester United fumbled their deal for Real Madrid fullback Fabio Coentrao last night.

The Mirror says United boss David Moyes had hoped to pull off a major coup by capturing Portugal international Coentrao at the 11th hour, but the paperwork was apparently not completed in time and the player will remain at the Spanish giants.

The news will be greeted with dismay by United fans, who have been less than impressed with the club's dealings during the window.

And it leaves Moyes in the tricky position of needing to explain to Patrice Evra why he felt another left-back was required.

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