News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has 'blasted' the Premier League fixture list, claiming that this season's opening games is the 'hardest start for 20 years' at Old Trafford.
"I hope it's not because Manchester United won the league quite comfortably last year (that) the fixtures have been made much more difficult," he said.
"I find it hard to believe that's the way the balls came out of the bag, that's for sure."
The Red Devils start the 2013/14 with their opener at Swansea this weekend then host Chelsea at Old Trafford, and travel to Liverpool and Manchester City.
Moyes also repeated that Wayne Rooney is not for sale, maintaining his stance on the England number 10's transfer request back in May as the club rejected bids from Chelsea this summer.
"There are no more developments and we don't want any because we've told everybody he's not for sale," said Moyes.
Moyes also remains ‘confident’ on signings this summer. The boss told reporters:
"We're involved in several players we're looking at and that will continue. Will we get them before the deadline? I hope so, but we're working very hard to do so.”
Club captain Nemanja Vidic believes the club will ‘get it right’ over Wayne Rooney’s future and stated he trusts the manager to resolve the saga.
"I am not worried as much (about his future). Wayne is training well, the club is strong and know what they are doing," he told Sky Sports News.
"I have trust in the manager.
In transfer news, The Telegraph claims that Cesc Fabregas remains a target for United, despite assurances from the former Arsenal captain and his club Barcelona that he is not for sale and does not wish to leave the Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that United have given up their chase of Leighton Baines, according to the fullback's manager Roberto Martinez who recent stated the club had received no bids for the Englishman since United's £12 million offer which was rejected in June.
“Before we went to Austria [for pre-season training], one club officially contacted ourselves with an offer and it was a final offer," the Spaniard explained.
“They put something over and the valuation wasn’t anywhere near the quality of Leighton Baines. That was the end of it, but since then there’s been all the speculation, which has been part of what the transfer window is."
“There’s never been another club or anyone else putting in an offer for Leighton. Since then we’ve moved on and we’re continuing to focus on the start of the season,” he added.
Elsewhere, United have been told ‘target Geoffrey Kondogbia will cost £17 million, according to The Express. The 20-year-old Sevilla midfielder has emerged as a potential new addition to Moyes’ squad.
Whilst Sevilla maintain that the Frenchman is not for sale, they would be obligated to if United activated his £17 million release clause.
Finally, according to reports today United are ‘still looking’ at Cristiano Ronaldo. M.E.N claims that backroom staff members Phil Neville and Steve Round were seen scouting the former Red Devils’ star on international duty for Portugal last night.
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