Manchester United weekend round-up: Fletcher’s comeback and Cabaye

Darren Fletcher

All the news, views and transfer rumours from Old Trafford this weekend…

The speculation surrounding Manchester United’s summer spending continues, with a number of reports linking them with new arrivals. For our United-specific transfer news, you can read our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.

One player linked with a switch to Old Trafford in recent hours is Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye. It isn’t the first time the 27-year-old has been linked with the Red Devils. But the rumours have resurfaced as David Moyes continues his efforts to strength United’s midfield.

The latest report claims Moyes will offer £15million for the Frenchman – although it is a move that may be dependent on the success or failure to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.

One current midfielder eager to continue the success of the last campaign is Tom Cleverley.

Having picked up his first league-winner’s medal last season, the England international has cited the achievements of his teammates as a motivating factor in his own ambitions.

We want to be here in 10 years saying we’ve got six, seven or eight medals,” he said. “You’re brought up like that at this club.”

And Cleverley is not the only young player eager to begin the new season.

Phil Jones has spoken of his desire to play…regardless of the position he is asked to fill.

I just enjoy playing football and if that means playing in different positions then that’s fine,” he said. “I just want to play.”

Such words will please the new manager no end, as will the result of his second game in charge – a 5-1 win over A-League All Stars yesterday.

Two goals each from Jesse Lingard and Danny Welbeck and one from Robin van Persie secured the win. And Moyes reserved special praise for Lingard.

Jesse played well tonight,” Moyes said. “I was actually hoping he would get a hat-trick because I think for a young boy to get that at Manchester United is a big thing.”

While Moyes continues the job of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, the former boss’s continued presence is reportedly a factor in Wayne Rooney wishing to leave the club.

The Guardian claims that while Moyes is desperate to keep the 27-year-old, the player is conscious of the power Ferguson possesses despite standing down last season, and that any attempt to move on from the past will be scuppered by Ferguson’s influence at boardroom level.

Despite that, the report adds that Moyes has every intention of playing Rooney at the first available opportunity, and that United will not consider any further bids from Chelsea for the player.

Speaking of Chelsea, Moyes has welcomed the potential mind-games of Jose Mourinho ahead of the new campaign.

If you’re from Glasgow you quite enjoy those kind of things, so bring it on,” he said.

As much as he may be struggling to secure his top transfer targets, there is little doubt that Moyes has handled the media side of the job well in his first few weeks in charge.

And he will be hoping Darren Fletcher continues his progress in his fight to overcome ulcerative colitis, with the midfielder believing he will soon be available for selection.

When asked when he would return, the Scotland international said, “I think I will just miss the beginning of the season.”

If that proves true, Moyes will be able to call on a vastly experienced player who has been sorely missed by United during his absence.

And finally, a Manchester United XI drew 2-2 with Ross County on Saturday.

Goals from Davide Petrucci and Ryan Tunnicliffe gave United a share of the spoils.

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