News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes has told his staff to ‘get ready’ to work around the clock – potentially seven days a week.
“If you want to work for me you need to be able to work seven days a week. I need to
Meanwhile, United Academy head coach Paul McGuinness has revealed that the club has been eyeing Moyes as Ferguson’s replacement for more than a decade – as far back as the mid-nineties, he claims.
“One point about David that nobody really knows is I was the first one to try and get him here as a coach, “ he explained.
"I was on a full-badge coaching course with him and he stood out. He’d already done his coaching badges in Scotland but was still a player at Preston. He really stood out for me and the manager gave me the job as a director of the Centre of Excellence, where we needed coaches for the teams. I asked the manager and he said he knew his dad and knew David.”
“He said why don’t you ask him so I rang him up and he said: ‘I would love to, I’m really flattered but, this week, I’m going to be made assistant-player manager of Preston,” McGuinness added.
In transfer news, United have reportedly signed young Uruguayan fullback Guillermo Varela from Penarol.
The 20-year-old South American starlet is set to be the first arrival at Old Trafford under David Moyes.
United have confirmed the release of several young players Reece Brown, John Cofie, Michele Fornasier, Luke Giverin, Luke Hendrie, Luke McCullough, Gyliano van Velzen and Frederic Veseli.
Meanwhile, Arsenal can afford Wayne Rooney, according to their chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
Gazidis was asked directly about Rooney and whether Arsenal could afford to buy a £20m-plus star on wages of over £200,000-a-week.
“Of course we could do that,” he replied. “We could do more than that.”
“We have a certain amount which we’ve held in reserve. We also have new revenue streams coming on board and all of these things mean we can do some things which would excite you.”
However, David Moyes has been told to ‘forget about’ signing Leighton Baines by his former club Everton.
Everton chief Ben Kenwright said:
“Leighton is under contract, and it is absolutely the case that we want to put something to him sooner rather than later.”
Baines’ teammate Marouane Fellaini, however, could be available for £23 million. The Belgian is heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park this summer with United, Arsenal and Chelsea leading the race to sign him.
“Yes, of course [a move to United would be of interest]," Cabaye told Canal+.
“I have liked this club for a long time, I like what they do.”
"The boss has left but they have appointed a very good successor [in David Moyes]. It could be an interesting challenge but for the moment there is nothing concrete and I am still at Newcastle," the Frenchman admitted.
In other news, David De Gea kept a clean sheet for Spain U21’s in their 1-0 victory over Russia last night.
Finally, United coach Rene Meulensteen could be set to sign for Wigan to take the reigns from outgoing Roberto Martinez.
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