Manchester United weekend round-up: ‘£80m triple swoop’ and Bayern move dismissed

All the news, views and transfer rumours from Old Trafford this weekend...

Still without a major signing this summer, Manchester United continue to be linked with players old and new. To read our United-specific transfer news you can find our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.

One player who was today rather inexplicably linked with a move to Old Trafford is Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a move German football expert Raphael Honigstein has dismissed out of hand.

Speaking to Talk Sport earlier today, Honigstein said, “It is almost inconceivable that Bayern would sell him.

Thiago’s arrival has threatened his position somewhat but the situation isn’t geared towards an exit for him. I would give it a one per cent chance.”

In all truth, it is even less likely that United could sign the German than their apparent first-choice option, Cesc Fabregas.

Speaking of whom, according to the Daily Star Sunday David Moyes is on the verge of an £80million triple swoop that will see Fabregas arrive for £40million, Leighton Baines for £18million and Marouane Fellaini for £22million.

Although the report loses any credibility it may have had by declaring Moyes will activate the Belgian’s release-clause, before going on to state it has already expired.

One current United player vowing to improve is midfielder Anderson, who has flattered to deceive for much of his time at the club.

I just don’t want to have injuries,” he said. “I want to train every day and play every game. I want to do my best for the team, want to play 90 minutes and not have to come off. To do that I need to be 100 per cent fit.”

It is an admirable wish, and when fit the Brazilian has shown glimpses of being a very special player indeed. But his injuries have time and again brought promising spells to abrupt ends.

Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson has written an open letter as part of the Premier League’s review of last season.

In it he speaks of his love for the game and his belief that it is in the best shape it has ever been.

English football is in a much better place than it was 27 years ago,” he wrote.

There are some with rose-tinted glasses who think football was great a generation ago, but nostalgia plays strange tricks with the mind.”

And finally, Rio Ferdinand has spoken out against goal-line technology, claiming it will take something away from the game.

Come the new campaign, the Premier League will use the Hawk-Eye system to ensure when the ball crosses the line.

But the United defender isn’t so sure.

Change is a word I don’t like in football,” he said. “It is such a great sport, and we are always trying to find ways to change it. Why?”

There are plenty of people who could tell him exactly why, but for one man at least, the sport should remain exactly as it is.

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