David Moyes takes stock as Manchester United ponder third Fábregas bid

David Moyes

David Moyes says that Manchester United are "taking stock" over making a third offer for Cesc Fábregas after Barcelona announced that the midfielder would not be sold however high the bid.

Speaking before United's final tour game against Kitchee FC in Hong Kong, Moyes would not be drawn on whether he was discouraged by the two previous bids being rejected. "I couldn't tell you at the moment," he said. "I couldn't tell if there will be another bid but obviously we'll take stock of it and decide what we're going to do next."

Moyes, though, did admit that it had been his aim to have strengthened the squad by now. "We hoped we would do, but what we have here is a really good squad of players," the manager said. "Undoubtedly we're hoping to add to it and we're confident we will do before the window shuts. We've got until 2 September, that's the deadline, so I'm confident we'll have players in. I never said at any time that we would get him [Fábregas]. We've made offers that have been rejected and we'll take stock from there."

He said that if the season started tomorrow he would be confident with the current squad. "That's the squad that finished 15 points [actually 11] clear at the top of Premier League, yeah I'm confident with that squad. I have a few more players I've not even met yet," the Scot said.

"Unfortunately we picked up an injury to Wayne [Rooney]. But my squad without any additions will be tough opponents for any team this season. They'll be looking at Manchester United, and we'll be challenged by everybody every game we play."

Moyes played down any concerns about the Hong Kong Stadium pitch after a dry day in the city following a week of almost incessant rain that threatened to ruin the Asia Trophy.

"It's not rained and it's been very warm so we trained this morning," he said. "It was hot but fine.I saw the pitch in a couple of games [on Saturday]. I expect it to be drying out a bit now. The problem with it drying out is that it might become bobbly but we'll see.

"We're used to playing on good surfaces and pitches. The weather was terrible for three or four days, there's nothing the people of Hong Kong can do about it. We'll play, players have been brought up on all sorts of pitches but I take the point that they've been brought up to play on good pitches. I might try and have a look at it later, I've not been on it."

Regarding whether he may protect any players by standing them down for Monday'sgame, he said: "There are always going to be slight niggles and strains which you might want to protect. I might do that tomorrow but we'll see. The only one who is probably not going to play is Jonny Evans who has a slight ankle niggle."

Nemanja Vidic should make his playing comeback from sciatica in a reserve game on Monday evening. "Vidic will play tomorrow evening at Crewe I think. He's coming along well. Rooney is not ready yet," he said of the unsettled striker who has had a hamstring problem but is still expected to return on 6 August in Stockholm against AIK.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Jamie Jackson in Hong Kong, for The Guardian on Sunday 28th July 2013 14.18 Europe/London

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