News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager David Moyes insists he is ‘up for the challenge’ of the Champions League and believes veteran player-coach Ryan Giggs’ experience will be of utmost important.
“For me it will be a thrill and I'm going to have to learn a lot quickly and that's where I'm looking to the likes of Ryan Giggs and a few players around me for the things which I need to be told about," he said.
"It's not all about the playing side of it – I've been in the Champions League [qualifiers], watched loads of games, managed in the Europa League – everybody has to start somewhere."
David Moyes was labelled a ‘dinosaur’ by Dutch fitness coach Raymond Verheijen who described his training methods as ‘prehistoric’ and asserted his belief that striker Robin van Persie’s injury in pre-season was a result of the manager’s ‘overtraining’ of the Dutch ace.
Verheijen posted on his Twitter account:
“In Sydney Moyes said: ‘We’ve overtrained Robin this week to build up his fitness’. [In Japan] he picked up muscle injury. It really makes you wonder how these prehistoric training methods can still take place at the highest level.”
'The only way to solve this problem in Jurassic Park is to improve education of these dinosaur coaches, fitness clowns & scientific cowboys,” he added.
Moyes hit back at the claims, insisting the conditions in Japan were a causal factor in Van Persie’s minor injury.
“It's very hot and the conditions are difficult for players from our country who are not used to training and playing in these conditions. I hope we'll benefit from playing in these conditions when we get home,” explained the Scot.
He also revealed that Van Persie has now returned of full fitness and has not been affected by his injury.
Meanwhile, United unveiled their new away kit for the upcoming 2013/14 season. The new strip is two-tone blue and black.
In transfer news, Moyes revealed United’s pursuit of Cesc Fabregas is ‘on-going’, despite Barcelona’ insistence the former Arsenal captain is not for sale. United have had two bids rejected by the Catalans for the Spaniard but the boss revealed the negotiations are still in process.
Meanwhile, Yohan Cabaye is understood to be a potential alternative for Fabregas, should United fail to sign the Spaniard.
United increased the ‘pressure’ on Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford this week by using his image to promote their upcoming pre-season friendly in Stockholm against AIK Solna.
The 27-year-old striker handed in a transfer request in May and is currently linked with interest from both Chelsea and Arsenal, despite Moyes insistence the Englishman is not for sale.
Elsewhere, big-spending French outfit AS Monaco have made ‘a new move’ for Nani, according to reports.
Subsequently, Nani is set for ‘talks’ with Monaco over a potential transfer away fro Old Trafford.
Reports have emerged claiming Athletico Madrid may look to Javier Hernandez to replace Roberto Soldado should his release clause be met by Tottenham who have confirmed he is a target at White Hart Lane this summer.
"He's going to be a fantastic player. We wouldn't have signed him if he wasn't going to have a great future and he'll have the experience of listening to the older, experienced players talk. He takes that on board and he'll go on to settle in straight away. It's easy to settle in at a place like this,” explained Young.
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