Pictures in today’s papers show a red in the face angry Scot shouting and hollering at Manchester United players who are giving him their undivided opinion; the only thing that has changed is the man in question.
David Moyes has so far looked the part in place of Sir Alex Ferguson and in one area in particular … press conferences.
So far he has been as prickly and as animated as his predecessor and today was no different.
Asked once again on the future of Wayne Rooney he joked that he must be ‘speaking Double Dutch’ over his future after already making it clear that the England striker was not for sale.
Welcome words for United fans.
However on the subject of Thiago Alcantara his words were probably not to the liking of his new followers.
"I never said at any time he was."
Now while we doubt that is the case it does seem as though United may have to taste the bitter pill of defeat for the player they have been most strongly linked with throughout the summer.
Pep Guardiola now wants to sign the player he worked with in Catalunya and the player has also reportedly told Barca that he wants to join up with his former boss in Bavaria.
With a release clause in his contract believed to be in the region of €18 million this deal has all the hallmarks of being a bargain buy for last season’s treble winners; and another blow to the rest of Europe hoping to combat a side that has improved with the signing of Mario Gotze already this summer.
Money would not have been an issue anyway for Bayern, one of the richest teams in the world, but they have just flogged Mario Gomez for in excess of what they need to purchase Thiago so all the pieces are falling into place for this deal to go ahead.
But maybe Moyes never wanted him? Right?
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