News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
David Moyes sat for his first press conference as manager of Manchester United today.
The Scot commented on a number of key issues with the world’s media, including transfers in and out as well as revealing how he received the news he was to be appointed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.
United veteran Ryan Giggs and former Red Devil Phil Neville posed for photos for the press in their official capacity as newly-appointed coaches at Old Trafford.
“I gave my all when I played for Everton but it is no secret that this club is in my heart,” Neville explained.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with David and his staff as a player at Everton and I think that, with Ryan, we can make a real contribution to Manchester United.”
A blog in The Guardian asserts that Ryan Giggs is being ‘groomed’ as a future United manager.
In transfer news, one of the most noteworthy points of David Moyes’ first press conference today was his insistence that Wayne Rooney is not for sale and is expected to remain a Manchester United player.
"Wayne is not for sale," he said.
"He's a Manchester United player and he will remain a Manchester United player."
"I've been fortunate, I've known Wayne since he was 16," Moyes said. "
“I've had several meetings with Wayne. He's training brilliantly well, he's come back in good shape and I'm really looking forward to working with him.”
"We have spoken several times and as far as I've seen it, whatever happened before has gone. We are working together now. I see a glint in his eye, he looks happy and if he is saying I'm going to knuckle down and get it right - let's not kid ourselves. He's a terrific player and let me reiterate, he's not for sale," Moyes added.
Moyes also responded to speculation he’s chasing United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.
Moyes insisted United will ‘always chase the best players’ but would not be drawn on whether the former fans’ favourite is a potential target this summer.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo insisted his ‘future is with Real Madrid’ seemingly closing the door on a potential return to Old Trafford.
Elsewhere, United look set to miss out on Juan Quintero who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final transfer target, according to the Daily Mail. The Colombian youngster is understood to be in talks with FC Porto.
Meanwhile, Spanish news publication Marca along with Sky Sports have claimed that Barcelona have received ‘no offers’ for Thiago Alcantara.
However, United could be set to ‘battle’ with Juventus to sign Andrea Ranocchia, according to reports.
In other news, United’s owners the Glazer family could be on a ‘collision course’ with the club’s supporters after ‘sparking fears’ of the future of Old Trafford.
The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) want to safeguard the 103-year-old stadium by applying for special status with Trafford Council as an ‘Asset of Community Value’.
However, the owners have appeared to block this move as it would jeopardize their ability to either sell the stadium or move it if they so wished in the future.
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