News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has stated he intends to ‘be himself’ at Old Trafford after being appointed as the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years and won’t be intimidated by the pressure to follow him.
"I heard so many people saying 'you don't want to follow Sir Alex’, lots of good managers said that would be a bad idea," he said in his first official press conference on Friday.
"But it is different once you are actually offered the job. I think anyone would want to take it on, because of what it is. Sir Alex has left me a very good team, some great players, and he has been really supportive, as has everyone else at the club.”
“As soon as I knew that I was the candidate Sir Alex wanted, that I was his choice for the job, I never had any doubts, because believe me I'll never get a bigger confidence boost,” he explained.
Moyes also outlined his ‘dream’ to ‘win everything’ in his first season in charge of the Red Devils.
“You have to do well in all competitions — not just the Premier League,” stated the Scot.
“When you are at Manchester United my thinking is you have to go for everything, you attempt to win everything.”
Meanwhile, retired veteran Paul Scholes has ‘snubbed’ a coaching role – or rather opted to spend more time with his family following his retirement at the end of this term.
"I spoke to Paul Scholes as well. He wants to have some time off with his family,” Moyes revealed.
"We'll bring him in when he's ready."
Shinji Kagawa is excited to return to Old Trafford and aims to kick on from last season following his performance with Japan in the Confederations Cup in Brazil this summer.
“It was great to win the title with United and to make it three in a row for me personally,” he told Inside United.
“I want to be a better player year by year. I expect a lot of myself. I hope to show my dynamism, style and presence more.”
In transfer news, The Guardian reports that Thiago Alcantara is ‘likely’ to join United from Barcelona. The same source also reports that Red Devils captain Nemanja Vidic could be offered a new one-year contract.
Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has admitted Wilfried Zaha is ready for United’s first team and will not be re-joining Palace on loan after signing in January and continuing his development in the Championship this year.
“Let’s be perfectly honest, I think the boy is so exciting he’s going to have a chance at Man United and I can see him getting in their first team and I genuinely mean that,” stated Holloway.
“I don’t think that deal should even be in their dreams,” he told reporters of fans hoping he would remain to help palace following their promotion to the top tier.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp believes Wayne Rooney’s departure would ‘suit’ United, despite David Moyes insistence that the striker is not for sale.
"It has to come to a head because he's got two years left on his contract," Redknapp told Sky Sports News HD.
"Something has to happen.”
"He's either going to get a new contract at Manchester United or they are going to have to sell him because there's no point him still being there with that amount of time on his contract; it doesn't make any sense from a business point of view.”
"That's why I do believe that he'll go unless United say 'there you go, another two years on your contract and you're going to stay',” he added.
United legend Bryan Robson has warned Rooney that ‘the grass is not always greener’ after the Englishman allegedly handed in a transfer request this term.
"Sometimes when you are a great footballer you do look and wonder whether the grass is greener somewhere other than where you are," said Robson.
"But once this club and its fans embrace you it is very difficult to surpass it, or even get the same.”
"Wayne has everything he could possibly want at this football club and as a supporter, I want to see the best players playing here," he explained.
Meanwhile, United ‘target’ Kevin Strootman has ‘hinted’ at an exit from PSV Eindhoven.
"There are several clubs interested but only when they reach an agreement with PSV do I come into the picture," he said.
"This is not to say that any are in the world's top six."
Elsewhere, The Express claims United are ‘tracking’ Davide Astori of Serie A side Cagliari as well as Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay.
However, David Moyes is expected to ‘jet out’ to Bangkok this week with deals for Thiago Alcantara and Everton’s Leighton Baines hanging in the balance. Moyes will travel with the squad for United’s pre-season tour of Asia.
In other news, United have secured another ‘big-money’ sponsorship deal with Russian airline Aeroflot.
Controversial referee Mark Clattenburg will take charge of the Community Shield match at Wembley on August 11th between United and FA Cup winners Wigan.
Finally, Olympics gold medallist Usain Bolt will feature for United at Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial against Sevilla on August 9th, according to reports.
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