News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
David Moyes started work in his official capacity as manager yesterday and vowed to continue the club’s long history of success.
“I have great faith that together we can build upon the success this club has enjoyed over many years,” insisted the Scot.
Former United striker Joe Jordan believes Moyes will prove to be a ‘great appointment’ to take charge from Sir Alex Ferguson following his retirement.
"You can have a bit of banter about him being a Scot as United, in the past, have been associated with great Scottish managers," he explained.
“But I think he’s earned his passage to manage United. “
"I think it’s a great appointment. Not just because he’s Scottish. I think he will give every hour there is in the day to continue to do what’s right, what he thinks is right, to keep Manchester United where they have been and hopefully continue that success," Jordan added.
In transfer news, Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant at United Mike Phelan has suggested Wayne Rooney may want a ‘fresh challenge’ away from the club.
"He is still is at the greatest club he could be at, so why would you want to jeopardise that unless you want a fresh challenge and you don't think that challenge is being met at Manchester United,” he stated.
Manchester Evening News, however, has run the story, using the same quotes, from the opposite angle, reporting instead that Phelan believes Rooney should not risk moving away from Old Trafford.
This prompted the Daily Mail to report that Arsenal and Chelsea are on ‘red alert’ to bid for Rooney as United, they claim, ‘face up’ to life without the English striker.
Furthermore, The Telegraph claims Chelsea are ‘preparing’ a £20 million bid for Rooney.
Meanwhile, United are ‘very close’ to signing Thiago Alcantara of Barcelona, according to ESPN.
Elsewhere, PSV Eindhoven have insisted Kevin Strootman will remain at the club next season, despite reports of ‘interest’ from United for a number of weeks and months.
In other news, United fullback Rafael is ‘relishing’ pre-season training.
"The pre-season tours are a big part of preparation work for the new season. If you play well, you can put a thought in the manager’s mind and maybe change his mind if you perhaps weren’t in his plans for the first few games,” explained the Brazilian.
"Not only are we able to put in some hard work on the training pitch when we're on tour, it's good to see different cultures and different things. It's great that we're able to visit countries across the world because we have so many fans.”
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