News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Newly re-appointed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he ‘would have turned down Manchester United’ had have been offered David Moyes’ position to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
"I knew that Ferguson was retiring many months ago,“ claimed the Portuguese coach.
"I would have turned down every job in the world - the Manchester United job, every one - for Chelsea."
Meanwhile, United veteran Rio Ferdinand has revealed the reasoning behind his decision to withdraw from the England squad this year.
"Basically, I could play for another three or four years - or play two or three games for England and be finished in a year. It wasn't a contest,” he explained.
"I couldn't sacrifice my fitness for the sake of a few more England caps. It would not have been fair on United, it would have been a disservice to the club and to England."
In transfer news, United ‘target’ Kevin Strootman ‘wants a move to the Premier League, according to his agent.
"He is focused on England because that would suit his style," the agent said. "He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it. I am certainly not afraid he could handle that level," claimed his representative.
However, it seems United ‘target’ Robert Lewandowski will be staying at Borussia Dortmund, according to the Polish striker’s manager Hans-Joachim Watzke.
“Robert will definitely be playing for Borussia Dortmund next season,” he told Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
Back at Old Trafford, United winger Nani is ‘calm’ about his future.
"My future? Nothing is certain. I am calm. I have everything in my hands. I am not saying that I will not continue at Manchester United,” he explained, amidst speculation over his future.
"I will think about what is best for me. I have respect for the Portuguese clubs, especially Sporting Lisbon but also Benfica and Porto, but I don’t think that is viable.”
Meanwhile, United’s Bebe is eyeing a permanent switch to Sporting where he spent this season on loan in Portugal.
"I would love to play for Sporting,” he told Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha.
"The club would suit me and it is an ambition of mine to play for Sporting. They put faith in young players, appreciate them, and play an attractive game that suits my style. It is a club that can grow.”
"I haven't found that in England,” he added.
Elsewhere, United may face an ‘uphill battle’ in their ‘pursuit’ of Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle, warned incoming director of football Joe Kinnear:
"We've got him under contract and we want to keep all of our top players here. We don't feel we have to sell our top stars.”
Whilst former United winger Mickey Thomas believes Gareth Bale would be perfect for David Moyes’ United.
“Players like Bale and Ronaldo send shudders down the spines of your rivals,” said Thomas.
“Bale is already a world-class player and he is only going to get better.”
“When United have had their best success it has been because of pace. Bale would add to that. He can score free-kicks, headers and tap-ins. He was the outstanding player in the Premier League last year.”
In other news, Sir Alex Ferguson’s first ever team sheet has gone on sale at auction and the hand-written piece of United memorabilia is expected to fetch upwards of £2,000.
Shinji Kagawa sufferered a defeat with Japan against Brazil in the Confederations Cup, whilst Javier Hernandez scored for Mexico against Italy.
Finally, United’s Premier League fixture list for 2013/14 will be released on Wednesday at 0900am.
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