News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United veteran Rio Ferdinand assured that the ‘old guard’ will help David Moyes through his debut season in charge at Old Trafford.
“I just look at it as if I was taking the job on. Would you lean on players who have been here for many years? Of course you would,” explained the defender.
“I think the manager is fortunate he’s got someone like Giggsy, among others like myself and Carras (Michael Carrick), who know the fabric of the club.”
United’s managing director Richard Arnold believes the smooth ‘handover’ to Moyes from Sir Alex Ferguson underlines the club’s ‘inherent stability’.
"To go through the succession we have been through represents a big change," Arnold said.
"The way the transition was achieved characterises how well the club has been run by David and Sir Alex."
In transfer news, reports today claim that United are ‘considering’ a third bid for Cesc Fabregas to break their record fee with a £35 million offer to Barcelona.
Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano is ‘confident’ Fabregas will ‘snub’ United to remain at the Camp Nou.
"I see him here training and he is happy. He grew up in Barcelona and feels the call of the shirt,” stated the former Liverpool midfielder.
"I think he is a really key player for us and I think the coach and the people who work here want to keep him.”
“I didn't talk to him but I think he is happy," he added.
However, The Independent reports that Mascherano’s statement proves he has not ‘ruled out’ Fabregas’ departure from Catalonia, basing their opposing angle using the same quotes.
The same source also claims Chelsea are ‘ready to tempt’ United with a £40 million bid for Wayne Rooney.
Meanwhile, Nani is keen to ‘impress’ despite being ‘offered to Monaco in reports suggesting the winger could be staying at Old Trafford after an impressive brace scored in United’s 2-0 victory over Crew on Monday.
The Evening Standard goes further to suggest that Nani has ‘hinted’ he wants to stay.
“Everyone has to prove himself because it is a different manager, different ideas but he knows the players, he's seen us on TV all this year he knows the players. I think that in a couple of weeks, a couple of months the players will understand the personalities,” he told reporters of the new boss.
In other news, United’s youngsters beat Strikers FC Coast 2-0 in the Milk Cup in the USA.
United have confirmed PepsiCo as additions their official sponsorship portfolio, bringing back ‘shades of David Beckham, as the Daily Mail reports.
United will launch their first ever pay-per-view event online airing the upcoming pre-season friendly against AIK Fotboll on August 6 in Sweden live on their website ManUtd.com
Finally ‘heartbroken’ Antonio Valencia has asked United to let him attend Christian Benitez’ funeral in his native Ecuador to pay his respects to his friend who died at the age of 27 this week.
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