News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Winger Nani scored a brace to give the Premier League champions the edge over the League Two hosts.
Captain Nemanja Vidic and winger Antonio Valencia returned to action for United for the first time this summer. The skipper had been sidelined with sciatica, Nani recovered from a minor nasal operation and Valencia returned from international duty with Ecuador to make the line-up.
Manager David Moyes insisted his ‘values’ have not changed despite his takeover of the champions in June.
"There are still core values," he said.
"There are still standards you want, which are basic at any level of football; discipline, punctuality, level of intensity in a training session.”
"Those things do not change," added the Scot.
Meanwhile, youngster Alexander Buttner is hoping to put pressure on Patrice Evra for the left-back spot in Moyes’ team after an impressive display in pre-season.
"Manchester United need two good left-backs. I put pressure on Patrice (Evra) because I did well when I played,” he explained.
"But Patrice did well also. That is the way it works at United, you put pressure on each other."
Buttner insisted he is ‘not worried’ by the prospect of Leighton Baines arriving from Everton as has been suggested this summer.
"The speculation doesn't bother me," he said.
"I hear the name Baines but for me I don't care. I want to play my own game. If he comes I don't think my future will be in danger.”
In transfer news, United are preparing to reject a loan bid for Javier Hernandez from Valencia, according to the Daily Mail.
With the imminent departure of their star striker Roberto Soldado who is heavily linked with a switch to Tottenham, the Spanish outfit were understood to be targeting Chicharito as a replacement but United are expected to deny them any such opportunity.
Nani is still linked with a move to Monaco with reports emerging that United have ‘offered’ the Portuguese winger to the big-spending French side.
Meanwhile, The Mirror claims United will turn to Luka Modric after failing in attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona.
The Metro reports that United are ‘lining up a £25 million bid’ for Modric to test Real Madrid’s resolve over the former Tottenham maestro.
This comes as United remain linked with Marouane Fellaini who sources suggest could be lured to Old Trafford by his former boss at Everton this summer. The Belgian midfielder’s £22 million release clause at Goodison Park is understood to expire tomorrow (July 31st).
In other news, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his strike-force is better than United’s and Chelsea’s.
The Chilean boss has signed Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic this summer to replace Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli and he still counts on Edin Dzeko and Sergio Ageuro to compete with the current champions next term.
“We have four very good strikers and that’s what you need if you play in the Premier League and Champions League as a competitive team,” he said.
When asked if he thought his strikers were the best in the league, he responded:
“Yes, I think so, it’s very strong.”
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