News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United were defeated 1-0 in David Moyes’ first game in charge on Saturday in their pre-season tour friendly against Singa All Star XI.
Moyes revealed Wayne Rooney is considered ‘cover’ for Robin van Persie with the club’s vice-chairman Ed Woodward also asserting that the club are prepared to let the 27-year-old striker run his contract down at Old Trafford.
"Overall, my thought on Wayne is, if for any reasons we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him," said Moyes.
"Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. It's going to be a time to see how I work with Wayne. Manchester United isn’t about Wayne Rooney. Manchester United is about the team – the club.”
Manchester United will not be offering Rooney a new contract according to Woodward – this comes amidst intensifying speculation over the striker’s future following the revelation he handed in a transfer request in May, according to retired boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Woodward stated: "There are no contract renewals that are being discussed. I am not sitting down with any player on an extension and there is no trigger date in the diary. Would we be afraid to run a contract down? Of course not."
“Obviously that’ll be his decision and his decision only. As a Man United fan, I want to see the best players at the club and I hope he stays,” Beckham said of Rooney.
“It’s going to be interesting this year as there have been so many changes throughout the Premier League. Jose is back and that’s exciting. It’s going to be interesting, but I still think United will win the league. I’m a Manchester United fan!”
“I’m sure he has had lot of mentoring, he is one of those managers that has always picked up the phone and spoken to Sir Alex. It was always going to be difficult job for whoever succeeded Sir Alex because of what the manager has brought to Manchester Utd, what he has brought to the game,” he added.
Midfielder Michael Carrick has warned against a ‘slow start’ ahead of the new season.
"This week, it's important because then we go on to quite a bit of flying after that – it's huge the start of the season we have. It's important we're ready for that, we can't afford a slow start this year, so these few weeks are vital for us,” he explained.
In transfer news, United have made a €30 million bid for Cesc Fabregas, according to numerous reports today.
The former Arsenal captain is reported the subject of an initial £25 million bid from United and the Barcelona midfielder now has a decision to make over his future after stating publicly that it was up to his club whether he remains at the Camp Nou.
United have turned to Fabregas after missing out on Thiago Alcantara. The Spaniard’s teammate has signed for European champions Bayern Munich in a deal worth £21.5 million to reunite with his former boss Pep Guardiola.
United legend Dwight Yorke believes United should be chasing Gareth Bale of Tottenham.
"People like Gareth Bale – in terms of what he's done, the player he has become over the years. He would be a fantastic player to join Manchester United,” said the treble-winner.
M.E.N asserts today that United are up against the clock to sign the top players after losing out on Thiago. Stuart Mathieson believes Moyes should turn his attention to his former club Everton to sign Marouane Fellaini.
Elsewhere, Carlisle United have signed United youngster Reece James on a half-season deal, which expires in January.
In other news, Unite have fallen behind Real Madrid in Forbes’ list of the most valuable sports teams. They are now in second place behind the Spanish giants.
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