All the news, views and transfer rumours from Old Trafford this weekend…
Midfield has long been the area of the pitch that Manchester United fans felt needed strengthening the most. But if this weekend’s rumours are to be believed, that may not be an issue much longer.
From the moment David Moyes was announced as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, he has been linked with a move for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini. And those stories refuse to go away, with talk of a £24million bid for the Belgian midfielder this summer.
The same report also claims that Wayne Rooney did not ask for a transfer as previously stated by Ferguson, and that Moyes hopes to reassure the England striker that he is very much part of his plans.
Should Rooney not be persuaded that his future lies at Old Trafford, reports suggest that Carlo Ancelotti may attempt to reunite him with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
The current PSG manager is the likely successor to Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu, despite the reluctance of his French employers to bid him adieu.
Another midfielder linked with the Red Devils is former Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas. This story has been around for a week or so now, but the Sunday Express are claiming an offer of £25million for the Barcelona man is being readied.
Should United fail in their pursuit of Fabregas, it is claimed they will turn their attention to long-time target and current Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
One man certainly on his way to United is Wilfried Zaha, and as he prepares for tomorrow’s play-off final for Crystal Palace against Watford, England manager Roy Hodgson has praised the 20-year-old.
“It seems to me he is on the threshold of something big,” Hodgson said.
“When a club like Manchester United is prepared to pay a lot of money for a player because they will help them to win things, it is a tremendous boost to both confidence and ego.”
On the eve of Zaha’s final match for Palace, we also featured him in today’s Sunday Spotlight.
In managerial news, Everton’s search for Moyes’ replacement may see them move for United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Molde manager is reportedly on a shortlist headed by Wigan’s Roberto Martinez.
And finally, Robin van Persie has hit back at long-term critic and avid Gunner Piers Morgan. It has been reported that the Dutch striker sent Morgan a signed picture of him kissing the Premier League trophy with a note that read, “Piersy my man, thanks for all the support! You made this day even more special!! All the best, Van Pursestrings.”
The nickname is what Morgan branded the Golden Boot winner when he left the Emirates for Old Trafford last summer.
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