News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is ‘up for the challenge’ of the new season ahead and discusses his first meeting with new manager David Moyes.
"I came [over] a bit late," explained the Dutch ace.
“Yes, it was the first time I'd met David and the first time I spoke to him. He came across as really nice and I had a good [training] session yesterday.”
"It is all new but sometimes it is good as well to have a new challenge and to work with new people with new ideas. It gives you a big challenge but I'm looking forward to it. Everyone looks forward to it. The guys are working hard and I have to follow now.
"Every training [session] is a big challenge - especially now everyone starts again on zero and you have to earn your place again," he added.
In transfer news, United and Chelsea are set to ‘go to war’ over Wayne Rooney, according to The Independent. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has denied that the Blues offered David Luiz or Juan Mata in a £20 million deal but admits a bid was made and rejected.
Jose Mourinho revealed that Rooney is his ‘only transfer target’. Upon he being asked if Chelsea were interested and or had made bids for any others players, he responded:
"No - and we won't."
"We want the player. Now it's up to Manchester United," he added. Asked if it is Rooney or bust, he replied: "Yes."
The Guardian reports that Arsenal have joined the ‘battle’ for Wayne Rooney and the Gunners have insisted they can afford him.
Meanwhile, United legend Dennis Irwin has backed Moyes’ stance over Rooney. The former Red Devils’ defender stated:
"David Moyes is the manager. He makes the decisions. He has said Wayne Rooney is going nowhere. That is good enough for me."
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has backed the Blues to sign Rooney. The Czech stopper revealed:
"Wayne Rooney is a great player but at the moment he's a Manchester United player," said Cech. "We'll see what's going to happen.”
"He's a great player. You always want to have the biggest and strongest squad so you can challenge for titles. That's why you have a manager and sporting director to take care of that," he added.
Elsewhere, The Independent asserts that United ‘may struggle’ to sign Cesc Fabregas despite Barcelona’s potential willingness to sell the former Arsenal captain.
The Guardian also claims United are ‘back in’ for Cristiano Ronaldo as Moyes has failed in efforts to sign other quality targets.
Other reports claim United are ready to ‘launch’ a £60 million for Gareth Bale, despite Tottenham’s insistence the Welshman is not for a sale.
In other news, a Sir Alex Ferguson ‘lookalike’ has attracted attention on United’s pre-season tour. Jim Turner, a 63-year-old has been tasked with ‘protecting’ the Premier League trophy but his resemblance to Ferguson has been the cause of confusion.
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