Manchester United latest: Including Rooney with reserves and Fabregas no-go

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted he’s had a tough start to life at the Premier League champions so far.

“The transition from Everton to United has been difficult at times as I have hard decisions to make,” Moyes explained.

“Everton are a great club and I was proud to manage them. I can’t deny Manchester United is on another level. Let’s be honest, it would be a step up from just about any club in the world. The level of interest from the fans and the press is phenomenal.”

Moyes also insisted he’s ‘confident’ he will sign players before the close of this summer’s transfer window on September 2nd.

"I do think we'll be bringing players in before the window shuts. They will come," he assured fans.

“We're moving along but if you said, 'Is anything close?', I couldn't give you an answer.”

Meanwhile, rebel striker Wayne Rooney has been training with the Reserves. However, it is understood, despite speculation to the contrary, that Rooney has done so at his own request.

However, there have still been suggestions that Moyes has ‘banished’ Rooney to the reserves after a ‘fallout’ over his desire to leave the club – this is at present merely speculation.

United legend and Sky Sports presenter Gary Neville urged United they must not sell Rooney to Chelsea.

"Manchester United cannot sell Wayne Rooney to Chelsea Football Club - unless they bring in a major, major signing like Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo,” said the former Red Devils defender.

As highlighting by that quote, Neville believes only ‘stars’ like Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo could compensate for the loss of a player as important as Wayne Rooney.

Previously, however, United legend Paul Ince stated his belief that Rooney will need to ‘force’ a move to Chelsea.

"If Wayne wants to go, then it is up to him to force that issue," said Blackpool manager Ince.

"But Wayne has not said he wants to go or wants to stay; it would be nice to know what Wayne Rooney wants."

In transfer news, United target Cesc Fabregas has rejected claims he could leave Barcelona and insisted his mind is on life in his hometown Catalonia in a press conference today, ending speculation that United could lure him back to England.

“My dream has always been to play at Barco and nothing has changed," Fabregas said. "I'm very, very happy here and I never thought about leaving," said the former Arsenal captain.

"I never had any doubt. It has cost me a lot to return to Barça and now I want to triumph here.”

"Things have been invented. It's also not true that I have asked for a contract renewal,” he added.

United have stated they ‘respect’ Fabregas’ decision on the matter.

"We appreciate Cesc is a contracted player at Barcelona and completely respect everything Cesc has said today," an official United spokesperson told the press.

Meanwhile, back in England, Marouane Fellaini has his ‘heart set’ on a move to United, according to the Daily Mail and the Belgian could be set to make a £23 million reunion with David Moyes after the club failed to win the heart of Fabregas.

The Independent also claims Fellaini could be joined by Leighton Baines at United as Moyes swoops to sign both his former players at Goodison Park.

However, Everton boss Roberto Martinez insisted yesterday they had received ‘no bids’ for either Fellaini or Baines this summer.

In other news, eight United players have been named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad ahead of their international outing at Wembley next week against Scotland.

Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are all included and could feature for England in the upcoming friendly.

Meanwhile, United have ‘expanded’ their social media presence with platforms Google+, Instagram and Renren pages officially after a record-breaking growth in the club’s first month on Twitter.

Finally, former United striker Luis Saha has retired aged 35. The Frenchman signed for Unite din 2004 for £12.8 million and spent four-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, scoring 42 goals in 124 appearances for the Red Devils.

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