News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward has left Australia where United are underway with their pre-season tour to carry out ‘urgent’ transfer business, the nature of which remains a mystery, but the implication it could be connected to Wayne Rooney has been denied.
Manager David Moyes is ‘happy’ to carry out his transfer business in public, according to an analysis in the Manchester Evening News today.
In transfer news, Chelsea have made a bid for Wayne Rooney, which United have rejected, according to numerous reports today.
The bid was reported to be £20 million and Chelsea have denied David Luiz or Juan Mata were included in the deal as part-exchange as had been suggested in early reports.
Wayne Rooney is ‘angry and confused’ at the club’s treatment of him, according to Sky Sports News.
Meanwhile, The Guardian claims Barcelona need to sell Cesc Fabregas to boost their finances after ‘spending lavishly’ on Neymar this summer.
Thiago Alcantara has revealed why he ‘snubbed’ United for Bayern Munich. The former Barcelona youngster stated of his former mentor Pep Guardiola:
"I played under him in the (Barcelona) youth team and I've got him to thank for everything that I have achieved so far.”
"I never had a coach like him. He's unique.”
"After the European Under-21 Championship, I spoke with Guardiola on the phone and, after that, I decided to come to Bayern,” added the Spaniard.
In other news, United goalkeeper David De Gea wants the fans to compare his to United legends Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel.
“When Edwin van der Sar said he was leaving Manchester United I wanted to be the man to replace him. I was given that chance and I am not going to let it go. I would love if one day the fans speak of me in the same way they speak of Edwin and Peter Schmeichel,” he explained.
Finally, United veteran Rio Ferdinand believes this will be United’s ‘toughest start’ to the season next term.
"We’ve got some big games in there but Swansea away is a really tough place to start. We’ve got to make sure we’re ready for the start of the season because our first five games are probably the toughest that I’ve ever seen,” said the defender.
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