Manchester United weekend round-up: Including Rooney’s future and Thiago doubts

All the news, views and transfer rumours from Old Trafford this weekend…

With the opening of the transfer window drawing ever closer, Manchester United continue to be linked with a number of players. To see our United-specific transfer latest you can view our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.

One player who continues to be heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford is Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara. And reports today are conflicting as to whether or not his latest talks with the Catalan club are good news or bad news for David Moyes.

It was reported earlier that Thiago was set to leave following Tito Vilanova’s failure to guarantee him more game-time. And yet it is now being suggested that those same talks could be detrimental to United’s pursuit.

Discussions are said to have taken place between Thiago’s father Mazinho and the Spanish club’s president Sandro Rosell, with the prospect of a new deal suggested.

Is United’s interest merely being used to force a better deal from Barcelona, or is the 22-year-old set to leave to guarantee more game-time? For now – despite plenty of headlines from countless sources – it appears that Thiago’s future may still go either way.

Reports this morning also suggested that Wayne Rooney could be on his way to Real Madrid, possibly as a make-weight in a deal for Cristiano Ronaldo. But former United player Lou Macari believes the England player will remain…if he wants to.

I think United would want to keep a fit and happy Wayne Rooney in his best condition but that’s the big question,” he said. “Is he in his best condition and the right frame of mind and does he want to get back to the form he showed when he first arrived at the club?”

Two current United players faced each other yesterday in the Confederations Cup. A brace from Javier Hernandez gave Mexico a 2-1 win over Shinji Kagawa’s Japan.

However, both sides ultimately left the competition, with Brazil and Italy finishing above them in Group A.

And finally, Rio Ferdinand has admitted he will never be content with the number of medals he has won and always strives for more.

You set yourself targets all the time,” he said. “I am never going to sit in that changing room and think ‘I am happy with what I have done’.”

Such ambition bodes well for next season, when Ferdinand will be hoping to add to his already impressive trophy haul.

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