Manchester United latest: Including Zaha and Rooney

A round-up of news and views relating to Manchester United over the past 24 hours.

After Jose Mourinho expressed his admiration for Wayne Rooney in a press conference, David Moyes has reiterated his stance that the 27-year-old striker will not be sold this summer.

"Unless I was speaking double Dutch last week, we said Wayne Rooney is not for sale," he said.

Moyes also gave an update on Rooney’s injury suggesting the England international will only be out for two to three weeks, and should be ready for the new season.

Manchester United’s new manager also said he was looking forward to his first match in charge, with the Red Devils first pre-season friendly against Singha All Stars coming up on Saturday in Bangkok. Moyes might consider using new signing Wilfried Zaha as a striker in that game, with several first team players absent.

Rio Ferdinand has said that the intensity of Manchester United’s training sessions has risen since Moyes took over at the club.

“It is a bit too early to compare, but I think the intensity of training has gone up,” Ferdinand said.

“As a new manager comes in, the players want to impress the new coaching staff, but it has been very hard — we have had some double days — but very fair.”

Despite apparently missing out on Thiago Alcantara, Moyes has said he is happy with how things are progressing in the transfer market this summer. Manchester United were reportedly close to signing the 22-year-old before he opted to join Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.

Ashley Young has been handed a six month ban from driving after being caught driving at 100mph on the M62 motorway. Young has said he regrets the incident, which occurred in January this year.

There is confusion over United’s pursuit of Ezequiel Garay, with the Daily Express suggesting that a deal had been reached for the Benfica defender. However on HITC today, Dan Coombs looks at reports indicating a deal for the 26-year-old is off and asks if the Express story is simply lost in translation.

Elsewhere on HITC, we ask if United should turn to Marouane Fellaini after missing out on Thiago, and suggest that Shinji Kagawa needs to stop talking himself down.

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