News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has insisted the club ‘picked the right man for the job’, despite heated debate and intense scrutiny over the champions’ form so far this season.
"Manchester United is a good club," he said.
"I am sure they know they picked the right man for the job. Sir Alex was part of that process as well."
David Moyes also insists Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography release will not be a distraction from the task at hand at Old Trafford, despite the potential for some ‘fallouts’.
"Anything Sir Alex does is good for Manchester United. He was an incredible manager. His success was fantastic,” he explained.
"I don't see it being negative in any way at all."
However, reporters have ‘alluded’ to the potential for Ferguson’s revelations to include Wayne Rooney considerably.
"If you are alluding to Wayne I see no problems with that whatsoever," said Moyes.
United travel to face Sunderland on Saturday evening at the Stadium of Light, hoping to get back on track in the league after a decent draw away in midweek in the Champions League followed two successive defeats for the Red Devils in the league.
In team news, ahead of the clash with the Black Cats, Moyes will ‘check’ Wayne Rooney’s fitness ahead of the game following his shin problem whilst Fabio Borini will return to the hosts’ squad.
Midfield veteran Ryan Giggs ‘blamed’ the players not the manager for United’s stuttering start to the new season. The Welshman is adamant the players must take responsibility for their own performances.
"Sir Alex was a great manager and a great influence on the team and the club,” explained Giggs.
"You are going to miss someone like that. But I don't think that is an excuse when individuals aren't playing as well as they can. We are not playing well as a team.”
"We haven't got injury problems as we have had in the past. There is no excuse,” he added.
Meanwhile, Michael Carrick is ‘keen’ to sign a new deal with United before his contract runs out next summer.
"I'd love to carry on playing as long as possible at this club. It's a fantastic club, I've had great times here," he told Sky Sports News.
"I feel good at the moment, I've just turned 32 so I've got a bit of time yet."
In transfer news, Athletic Bilbao want to keep Ander Herrera, despite United’s interest this summer, which could be reignited in January.
"I don't know what other teams will do, but I consider the Herrera issue to be closed," coach Josu Urrutia told a press conference.
"Ander has a contract until 2016. All players have to focus on giving Athletic all you can give."
In other news, rumours have emerged that United might sign a new kit deal with Nike, prompted by the club’s official Twitter account following two of Nike’s official accounts.
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