News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United winger Nani has signed a new five-year contract to keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2018. The Portuguese attacker has been at the club since 2007 when he joined from Sporting Lisbon.
Manager David Moyes hailed the deal as ‘great’ and revealed Nani’s attitude was behind the club’s decision to extend his stay with the English champions beyond next year.
'I'm really pleased Nani has re-signed for the next five years," the Scot said. 'He has great ability and experience beyond his 26 years. I've been impressed with his approach to training and look forward to working with him in the coming seasons,' Moyes added.
The player himself revealed his happiness to stay on at United. He said: 'I'm very happy that the new manager has shown this faith in me and I'm looking forward to helping the team compete for more honours this season.'
Meanwhile, United veteran Rio Ferdinand believes United are good enough to ‘win everything’.
'We've got a strong enough squad to win everything,' stated the defender. 'We won the league at a canter last season and we've not become a bad team overnight. We believe strongly in what we have got. And anyway, you can't judge the league after three games.'
According to The Telegraph, United are ‘baffled’ at the criticism of their transfer dealings – the club feel they were successful in their work this summer, despite widespread criticism from sections of the press and the fan base.
The club failed to successfully agree deals for Fabio Coentrao, Ander Herrera, Leighton Baines, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara.
This has lead former Tottenham and Liverpool director Damien Comolli to assert that United ‘need’ a director of football to handle their transfer dealings in the future after chief executive Ed Woodward and manager Moyes came ‘under fire’ for the lack of signings this summer.
This comes as United target and former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas claimed he wouldn’t have joined United for ‘triple the money’ simply because of his ‘dream’ of playing for boyhood club Barcelona.
'I would not have moved for double the money. Nor triple. No,' he stated. 'I've paid out of my pocket to play for Barca. I earned more at Arsenal. There are dreams and this was mine since I was a child.'
Meanwhile, striker Robin van Persie has ‘denied’ claims he is ‘unhappy’ at Old Trafford following the appointment of David Moyes who took over the reigns in June from the retired Sir Alex Ferguson.
'It's great working with the new manager David Moyes,' Van Persie told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. 'He has his own style and methods and I like them.
'I'm happy with Moyes' style. He does his own training sessions, he's close with the players and, with his staff, prepares us very well for the next opponent. That keeps us in shape,' he explained.
In other news, Match of the Day presenter Alan Hansen has announced his plans to retire next year – the Scot believes his now infamous assertion that United wouldn’t ‘win anything with kids’ that eventually won the Premier League title and FA Cup in 1994/95 was what made his career as a BBC pundit.
'That line pretty much made me, simply because I got it so dramatically wrong!' Hansen said. 'But despite being so dramatically wrong, if United hadn’t won the double that year, you could still say that line now.'
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