Manchester United weekend round-up: Ronaldo plan revealed; Rio criticises City

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

The transfer window may have now closed but that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill going into extra-time. To read our United specific morning news you can find our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.

The one story that stood out today was the Daily Mail’s claim that United’s transfer failings were a result of an unsuccessful attempt to lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

The paper claims David Moyes had hoped to finalise an £80million deal for the Real Madrid forward, but that a combination of the delay with Gareth Bale’s arrival and the complexity of agents’ fees prevented the deal from happening.

However, the story claims United may go back in for the Portuguese in January or next summer.

One player United almost signed on deadline day, if only on loan, was Ronaldo’s Real teammate Fabio Coentrao. But despite that deal falling through in the final minutes, the left-back has revealed he is happy with the outcome.

There was the possibility of joining Manchester United, but I stayed at Real Madrid, and that’s what matters,” he told newspaper O Jogo.

And perhaps not meaning to, he then took a not-so-subtle dig at United’s current standing in European football.

It would have been bad if I had to stay despite having the chance to move to a better club,” he added, “but that didn’t happen as I already am at the best club in the world.”

His most recent comments go against previous suggestions that he wished to leave the Bernabeu. But having seen the move fall through, he will now remain in Spain until at least January.

By the time the next transfer window comes around, Moyes may have overhauled his scouting network.

The Express reports that the United boss is considering working once more with his former Everton chief scout Robbie Cooke.

One thing is for certain, Moyes will have no intention of experiencing another transfer window like the one just closed.

And neither will United’s owners the Glaziers, who the Mirror claims have demanded an explanation for the lack of transfer business this summer.

The story claims chief executive Ed Woodward was tasked with bringing in at least one stellar signing, and yet he failed to deliver anyone except Marouane Fellaini – and only on the final day of the window.

And finally, in an extensive interview with the Mail on Sunday, Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his fear surrounding the national team, claiming that too many foreign imports have affected England’s progress in recent years.

Having so few English players in the Premier League diminishes the English team, of course it does,” he said. “Look at the Manchester City game recently against Newcastle. There was barely an English player on the pitch, three out of 22 starters. That is a disgrace.”

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