News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
The Telegraph’s Jim White outlined today his belief that David Moyes is not Manchester United’s Midas, but rather everything he touches ‘turns to straw’ after a tough start to his career at Old Trafford following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Meanwhile, television presenter Robbie Savage believes it is ‘crazy’ to condemn David Moyes before the season has started.
“He is the right man for the job to succeed Fergie,” explained Savage.
“[He] should be judged only after he has assembled his squad and we can see how they are shaping up.”
Former United striker and England legend Michael Owen believes Wayne Rooney is not ‘motivated by money’ despite his future hanging in the balance at Old Trafford this summer.
"Wayne Rooney is not bothered about getting a pay rise. He's bothered about playing football,” stated Owen.
“He loves football so much, not money. He wants to be playing all the time in the big competitions."
"The thing that makes me laugh is I've been told it [the latest bid] is £25million to £30million. For Wayne Rooney? A 27-year-old who is probably in the top six strikers in the world?" Robson told talkSPORT.
"What are United going to have to pay to replace him? I'm amazed at that. I think it is an insult to Wayne Rooney."
In transfer news, Jose Mourinho is expected to continue his pursuit of Wayne Rooney who he hopes to lure to Stamford Bridge this summer, despite United’s insistence the England number 10 is not for sale.
Rooney trained with the youth team again today after training with the reserves by his own choice yesterday.
The Telegraph claims England boss Roy Hodgson has ‘warned’ Chelsea players not to discuss the club with Rooney.
“That might be difficult,’’ he said.
“Ashley Cole and Wayne are quite close friends. David Moyes must know that as well. If they weren’t speaking in a hotel, they would be speaking on the telephone.”
“As far as we’re concerned now, you can speak as much as you like to each other, but during these two or three days, this is England, this is England against Scotland and, even more importantly, the matches beyond Scotland. I don’t expect anybody for one minute to fracture their concentration from what’s important,” he is expected to tell them.
In other news, United defender Jonny Evans insists he ‘won’t stop’ in his development and improvement, despite a strong season with the Premier League champions least term.
"Over time I've realised I must strive to be the best player I can be," he told Inside United.
"Every single game you have to be on top form - there's no room for blips."
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