News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Following the announcement this week that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season after 26 years in charge at Old Trafford, and the subsequent appointment of Everton boss David Moyes as his replacement, Moyes revealed the prospect of managing the Red Devils was too goo to turn down.
Asked whether he had considered turning down United's approach, Moyes said: "I have to be honest and say no."
"I wasn't planning on leaving. My contract was running out but we were planning for pre-season. All we've ever done is keep planning,” he added.
Moyes signed a six-year contract with United which will run until 2019 – a great show of belief and faith in his ability to take the club forward following Ferguson’s retirement.
However, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes Moyes is under pressure to deliver success immediately or he could face the sack before his six-year contract is up.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but I don’t think he’ll get four years like Sir Alex did when he first went there,” stated Allardyce.
Allardyce also revealed Ferguson gave him solid advice and support manager to manager over the last 20 years.
“I’ve been managing for 20 years now and a lot of that is phone calls at times when you’re in a dark place in this game as a manager, you need some advice and you need to know who to turn to,” revealed the Hammers boss.
“That solid advice would always come from Sir Alex if you rang him.”
“And I enjoyed our company away from football – it’s been great if it’s golfing or dinner or whatever it is. As a bloke he’s great entertainment and great value to be in his company,” he added.
Elsewhere, The Guardian reports that United legend Gary Neville is ‘in demand’ to join the backroom staff at United.
Ferguson reportedly believes he can ‘lure’ the Sky Sports pundit back to the club in a coaching capacity.
Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has stated it has been ‘an honour’ to beat Sir Alex.
"It was a great honour to beat him at Old Trafford and I wish him good luck for his future,” said the Italian.
“I don't think there'll be another manager like him. To win every trophy for 27 years is incredible situation."
Back at Old Trafford, striker Robin van Persie thanked Ferguson for helping him achieve his dreams this season.
"I am really sad to hear that the manager is retiring," Van Persie wrote on Facebook.
"But I am really happy I have had the opportunity and the honour to work with him.”
"He is a great manager and, above all, an even greater person. I have to thank him for an amazing year and for making my dream come true by winning the league,” the Dutchman added.
Meanwhile captain Nemanja Vidic reckons United will prosper under David Moyes’ leadership just as well as they have under Ferguson.
“I’m looking forward to working with David and I believe I will have the same success I had with Sir Alex,“ he stated.
“David and Sir Alex share some similarities — they are very passionate, they are both winners and you can see the way they approach the games and how they run things.”
Likewise, veterans Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick are ‘happy’ with Moyes’ appointment and are looking forward to working with the new boss.
"It's great to see the new manager coming in, we've never had a problem with him here at United, he's a very honest man from the players you speak to and he's done a fantastic job at his previous club Everton,” noted Ferdinand.
Michael Carrick added:
"He's done a terrific job at Everton. He's been there a long time and has had great success with the resources he's had. It's obviously a big change because this club's been run for so long by one person.”
"I'm really looking forward to meeting him and getting good training in pre-season and looking forward to a good future.”
"He's honest and fair to his players as far as I'm aware. He sets high standards just as he expects high standards of ourselves."
Meanwhile, former England manager Fabio Capello believes Ferguson retired because there was ‘too much stress’ placed on him and revealed that Ferguson outlined his intentions of travelling upon his retirement in a phone conversation.
"I called him yesterday and he told me he has decided to go now because there is too much stress nowadays. Always having to win something is very challenging, and he told me he wanted to go around the world with his wife,” claimed the Italian.
In team news, Rafael is suspended following his dismissal in United’s clash with Chelsea last weekend. However, there is a chance Danny Welbeck could return to the squad following a knee injury.
Swansea will likely be without Angel Rangel through a calf injury, but Michu who suffered a hamstring injury recently could return to the side, along with Chico Flores and Ki Sung-Yeung.
However, Swans goalkeeper Michel Vorm is a ‘sever doubt’ following a head injury at Wigan in midweek.
In transfer news, The Guardian claims that David Moyes intends to bring Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini with him from Everton this summer.
According to the reports, Everton may be ‘powerless’ to stop him poaching their best players, luring them to join him at Old Trafford next term.
Finally, The Independent claims that Wayne Rooney could be convinced to ‘U-turn’ following the appointment of former manager Moyes which could be decisive in keeping him at Old Trafford, amidst speculation over his future this week with rumours circulating that Rooney could join Chelsea.
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