News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In the aftermath of Manchester United ‘s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday, manager David Moyes admitted the result was a ‘shock’ ahead of the Red Devils’ clash with Liverpool on Wednesday evening in the Capital One Cup.
"When you are a football manager for the length of time I've been, you are always going to have shocks," said Moyes.
"I've had lots. I've no doubt there will be more in the future. That's the way football is. You can't dwell too long on it. It's gone now, I can't do anything about it, we've moved on. We are looking forward to getting the next game started, and trying to win. I'm motivated by every game.”
Ahead of the cup clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford tomorrow night, the Scot hoped the team would do well and show what they can do following the disappointing defeat at the weekend.
"It doesn't really matter whether I have seen a reaction (in the players) or not. The reaction has to be seen when you people (media and public) can see it (in a match). I'm still getting to know all the players here. I'll get a chance to know more of them this week, and hopefully they will show what they can do,” he said.
"It's an important game for us. We want to try to do well in all the cup competitions. It's always a big game when you play any cup tie. When you play Liverpool it's a big rivalry against Manchester United. It could take on bigger significance than people would expect (as a cup tie) but at the end of the day it's another game.’’
"I don't think it was ever going to be the case this was going to be easy and smooth after Sir Alex," said Moyes.
"There was always going to be days like this and there might well be more days like this. I hope not, but there will be because that is football. It was always going to be tough following such a great manager with a great team and I think people with real football knowledge will know there are probably some changes to be made.”
"It is not going to be made in one fell swoop. It is going to be done in time,” he added.
Striker Wayne Rooney admitted that United ‘deserved to be beaten’. The England number 10 blamed the concession of four goals, three of which came before 50 minutes had been played, was ‘not good enough’.
“To concede two goals so quickly after each other [in the second half] killed the game. Fair enough, City had some good play and deserved the victory. But we have given sloppy goals away. As I said before, it is not good enough,” explained Rooney.
United veteran and coach Ryan Giggs ‘laid into’ the fourth official on Sunday in the players’ tunnel. In what the Daily Mail describes as a ‘verbal tirade’ the Welshman apparently told Michael Oliver to 'Get a grip of him. Man up and do your job.'
In team news, ahead of the League Cup clash with the Reds, Luis Suarez is likely to return to Brendan Rodgers’ side following his ten-match ban for misconduct last season, which has now been served by the Uruguayan.
However, United will likely be without Robin van Persie who missed Sunday’s game with a groin injury, as well as Phil Jones who is still out with an ankle problem and Rafael with a hamstring injury.
Liverpool will likely be without Glen Johnson (ankle), Philippe Coutinho (shoulder), Joe Allen (hamstring) and Aly Cissokho (ankle) as well as long-term injury to defender Sebastian Coates.
Defender Daniel Agger is also a doubt for the clash – the Reds man injured his rib and will undergo a fitness assessment ahead of the game tomorrow.
In transfer news, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez confirmed United did bid for Gareth Bale prior to his world record signing from Tottenham.
Perez told a Spanish radio station:
“Tottenham did not want to sell. We learned that Manchester United had made an offer and we made one ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Birmingham boss Lee Clarke hopes to extend Jesse Lingard’s loan spell and believes it would be best for all parties involved if the highly rated Untied youngster remains at Birmingham City.
In other news, United fans won a verdict against the Glazer family by being granted allowance to register Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value, which the club’s owners had tried to fight.
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