Manchester United weekend round-up: Moyes dampens trophy hopes and talks of Kagawa’s future

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

There is only one place to start, and that is with Manchester United’s 2-1 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The visitors took the lead through a fantastic solo effort from Morgan Amalfitano, and despite Wayne Rooney equalising just three minutes later, the Baggies were ultimately victorious after Saido Berahino struck the ball into the bottom corner.

The result leaves United in 12th place in the Premier League, having lost three of their opening six games.

After the match, David Moyes gave his reasons for the loss.

We did not defend well at all but we did not attack well,” the manager told the BBC.

So in short, nothing went right.

One of the few bright sparks in the first half was Shinji Kagawa, but the Japanese play-maker was replaced at half-time by Adnan Januzaj.

Defending his decision, Moyes told Sky Sports, “I just tried to find another way through and improve what we had seen in the first half and I thought Adnan came on and did quite well.”

The United boss has however reiterated that Kagawa is very much part of his plans.

In quotes published by Goal, he said, “We want Shinji to feel that he’s getting an opportunity to show what he can do.”

Well, David…you could always play him as a number 10?

Returning to Januzaj, the Metro has this weekend claimed that Manchester City are prepared to triple the Belgian’s current wages should he switch from red to blue.

It is no secret that the teenager is currently negotiating a new deal at Old Trafford, and the latest stories may simply be a way of getting the best possible offer from a club desperate to keep him exactly where he is.

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As United prepare for next week’s Champions League group match away to Shakhtar Donetsk, we have published the latest of our weekly reports on their opponents’ results and form.

Shakhtar scored in the final ten minutes to rescue a point against local rivals Metalurh Donetsk this weekend, and to find out more about the Ukrainian side and United’s other group stage opponents, you can read our report here.

And speaking of the Champions League, Moyes has moved to dampen any remaining excitement among United’s fans by stating his belief that United do not have the quality to triumph in Europe.

To win the Champions League, you need five or six world-class players,” he said in quotes published by Sky Sports this afternoon.

We’ve not got that yet, but what we have got is experience.”

Whether that is enough will be revealed sooner rather than later...

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