Manchester United weekend round-up: Post-match reaction; Modric ‘wants move’

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

As transfer deadline day draws ever closer, Manchester United continue to be linked with a host of potential new arrivals. To read our United-specific transfer news you can find our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.

United began their defence of the Premier League title – and David Moyes reign as manager – in emphatic style, winning 4-1 away to Swansea City.

Two goals apiece from Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck gave United the three points, with the England striker's performance suggesting this campaign will see a far greater goal return than the last.

Welbeck’s first was a tap-in following a cross from Antonio Valencia, but it was his second that spoke of a renewed confidence, as he deftly chipped the ball over Swansea ‘keeper Michel Vorm.

That was the goal that capped an impressive display from United’s front-line, with van Persie scoring two sublime efforts to carry on where he left off last season.

Despite the score-line and the fine individual displays from the Dutchman and Welbeck, it was fellow striker Wayne Rooney he stole more than a few headlines with a second-half appearance during which he played a significant role in the third and fourth goals.

His lack of celebration spoke of a man unhappy with his lot. But Moyes seems adamant the player is going nowhere.

Speaking after the game the United boss said of Rooney, “He’s not ready yet physically as he’s not done a lot of training but he came on and had a great run. It will be great for Wayne to get those minutes on the pitch.

People know good players and Wayne is a good player and people want them in your team.”

On the match itself, Moyes was pleased to have got a win under his belt.

You always want to win your games and as manager of Manchester United the job is to win,” he said.

As United began their title defence with a win, Patrice Evra has spoken out about the club being made third favourites for this season’s trophy.

Speaking to MUTV he said, “It is not just this season. It is every year.

I have been here eight years now and every year people say we are going to finish fourth or fifth in the league. It is unbelievable.”

While fourth or fifth may be a slight exaggeration, there is no doubt United are not fancied by many neutrals to retain their title this season; a fact that may suit them just fine.

And finally, Luka Modric is reportedly keen on a move to Old Trafford this summer.

The Mirror claims the Croatian will refuse the chance to return to White Hart Lane as part of a deal to bring Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Instead he will hold out for a move to United.

Another day, another transfer rumour; but one thing is certain: United will have to move soon if they do want reinforcements before the window shuts in just 16 days.

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