News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In transfer news, The Guardian reports that David Moyes and Wayne Rooney are preparing for ‘showdown talks’ over the striker’s future.
Sky Sports, however, suggests that ‘talks’ are ‘on hold’.
The Mirror claims that Rooney is still waiting for the club to ‘clarify’ the dispute over his alleged transfer request. The report asserts Rooney awaits a Sir Alex Ferguson ‘climb-down’ after the retiring boss claimed the Englishman asked to leave Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Red Devils’ favourite Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘ruled out’ a return to United, speaking at a school visit in Singapore, whilst leaving the door open for the future stating he ‘really really misses’ his former club.
Elsewhere, speculation that United could sign Ezequiel Garay intensified after Benfica ‘wrapped up’ a deal for his replacement, according to The Express.
However, United may lose out on Leighton Baines after new Everton boss Roberto Martinez insisted the Toffees ‘icon’ is expected to stay put.
"I think Leighton is more than a player, he is an icon," Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.
"He represents a lot about our football club and I am really, really excited about Leighton. This is a big season for him and for us as a club.”
This comes as the Manchester Evening News claims Baines is set for ‘crunch talks’ with Martinez over his future.
In other news, United defender Jonny Evans believes a pre-season is ‘vital’ to a good season ahead.
“Pre-season is tough and we are absolutely shattered after doing double training sessions, but that is the good thing about being away on tour, you can just concentrate on all of your gym work and the other things you need to do to get yourself ready for the new season,” he told ManUtd.com.
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