Manchester United latest: Including Van Persie and Mourinho pledge

News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

Manchester United boss David Moyes believes there is ‘more to come’ from Robin van Persie following the Golden Boot winner’s brace in Saturday’s win at the Liberty Stadium.

The challenge is for Robin to keep trying to win medals, and I think he's got it. I think he's driven to do it, he wants to succeed and I've been really impressed by him in his training and commitment and in trying to improve himself," explained the Scot.

United defender Jonny Evans is relishing the challenge of playing the top teams in England following the Red Devils 4-1 at Swansea on Saturday.

“It might not be a bad thing to get straight into the tough games,” he said.

“We’ve been waiting all summer to get stuck back into it, so why not bring on the hard games straight away?”

In transfer news, Sky Sports confirm that United have ‘failed’ in attempts sign Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines from Everton. Reports earlier this week emerged that United launched a £28 million bid for the pair combined which has been flatly rejected by David Moyes’ former employers.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez described United’s £28 million bid as ‘a waste of time’.

"It's been well documented what happened. And it was all a little bit of a waste of time," Martinez said.

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he will ‘persist’ in his efforts to sign Wayne Rooney because ‘nobody forbids’ it, despite United and David Moyes’ insistence the England number 10 is not for sale.

"You try, because nobody forbids you to try," said Mourinho.

"When you think that you'd like to have one player and the market is open and the official bids are not forbidden, official bids are always accepted in an ethical way.”

However, Mourinho also conceded that Chelsea do have a ‘plan B’ should they fail in further attempts to sign Rooney.

"We have plans B and C. Don't ask me names. It's difficult to speak about players from other clubs," he said.

Elsewhere, The Express claims that Chelsea and United are set for ‘crunch talks’ with Samuel Eto’o after the Cameroon striker was put on the transfer list at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala following the sacking od former United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen after just 16 days in charge.

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