News, views and rumours relating to Manchester Unite in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United were defeated 3-2 by Yokohama at the Nissan Stadium in Japan where they were crowned World Champions back in 2008. Yokohama star Marquinhos broke the deadlock with his side’s opener in the first minute of the game. United's goals came from youngster Jesse Lingard, and an own goal.
The Daily Mail described the performance as ‘sluggish’ despite a goal from Jese Lingard and an own goal by Tashiro in the first half that put United ahead. A second-half equalizer from Fabio and a winner from Fijita undid the Premier league champions after 88 minutes.
Manager David Moyes admitted his 'fear' of managing the Red Devils but insisted it spurs him on and he’s up to the challenge.
“There has to be an element of fear that comes with managing a club like Manchester United. It keeps you working, it keeps you focused and helps you try not to take your eye off the ball," explained the Scot.
Moyes also issued an injury update to the press – Robin van Persie picked up a slight thigh strain, Danny Welbeck a groin strain, Michael Carrick a groin strain from training, Rio Ferdinand is being rested, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young are track towards full fitness and Wayne Rooney is jogging again.
Moyes is optimistic that Wayne Rooney may play in Sweden on August 6th against AIK Fotboll in Stockholm.
Tom Cleverley believes the team got a ‘good work out’ in the match, which will the good for them in the long run.
“It was very tough, I don’t want to make excuses but we travelled a long way yesterday and we have come up against a sharp team in hard conditions,” the midfielder told MUTV.
“I’m sure we can play better, we weren’t really at the races but it was a good workout for us.”
Some of the players met with some Japanese children who were evacuees who were displaced by the 2011 earthquake in Yokohama, Japan.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail’s Neil Ashton asserts that Rooney is ‘haunted’ by the ‘spirit’ of Sir Alex Ferguson and wants a fresh start away from United.
However, The Independent’s Kevin Garsdale believes Rooney is not the same player who arrived at Old Trafford in 2004 and that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is simply ‘teasing’ United over a potential transfer.
Mourinho is reportedly planning a fixture switch that will give Chelsea advantage over United and ‘turn up the pressure’ on the champions in the new season.
The Blues must move their home fixture against Aston Villa because it clashed with their UEFA Super Cup match against Bayern Munich on August 30th and Chelsea apparently wish to bring the Villa game forward to August 21st which could give Chelsea six-point advantage over United when they arrive at Old Trafford.
"We have said and the club have said he is not for sale," said Moyes after today's friendly against Yokohama F Marinos.
"That has not changed."
In transfer news, United are ‘pondering’ a £35 million club record bid for Cesc Fabregas after Barcelona reportedly rejected their initial £25 million offer for the former Arsenal captain.
However, reports now claim the second offer has also been rejected for Fabregas and the Catalans continue to insist the 26-year-old midfielder is not for sale.
The Times reports that United will hand Moyes £100 million to spend on Gareth Bale of Tottenham.
However, reports have also emerged that Real Madrid are ‘closing in on Bale’ and are hoping to secure him on a six-season contract this summer.
In other news, ticket details have been released for United’s opening league fixture against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on August 17th.
Finally, United are planning to restore the phrase ‘Football Club’ to their badge after 15 years without it since the club looked to brand itself as a global business rather than just a sports club.
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