Manchester United weekend round-up: Striker ‘desperate for 90 minutes’ and €30m man linked

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

Every morning we bring you a round-up of the latest news relating to Manchester United, and this weekend was no exception. To read our United-specific morning news you can find our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.

Earlier today, the Daily Mail reported that United are yet to agree a new deal with Wayne Rooney due to the potential cost involved in keeping him at Old Trafford long-term.

The paper claims the champions are not prepared to sanction a deal that could see them ultimately pay £70million – given that the England striker is reportedly seeking an improvement on his current £250,000-a-week salary and a five-year contract.

Then again, given Rooney’s current form and importance to the team, perhaps he is worth it?

Following yesterday’s dramatic late win against Stoke City, goal-scoring hero Javier Hernandez has been speaking of his hopes for the future.

Speaking to MUTV after the match, the Mexican striker said, “I want to speak on the pitch, like I did today, and in the other games that I start.

I am desperate to play for 90 minutes, but that is a decision for the gaffer. Every player in the world wants to start, but I will do my best whether I play for one or 90 minutes.”

That right there, that passion for the game, is surely why United fans love Hernandez.

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Talking of “the gaffer”, David Moyes spoke after yesterday’s match about his team’s overall performance.

We did a lot of good things and a lot of really poor things which put us in the situation we were in,” Moyes said in quotes published by the Independent.

We needed all the substitutes today to help us and they made a difference. We needed our goalkeeper.”

That they did, as David de Gea kept United in the game prior to their late comeback. And he is likely to be between the sticks again on Tuesday when United welcome Norwich City to Old Trafford in the fourth round of the League Cup.

We attempted to second-guess Moyes earlier today by publishing our predicted line-up, so have a look here and tell us if you agree with our choices.

And finally, reports in Italy claim United are readying a €30million offer for Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic.

The story has now hit the front page of Gazzetta dello Sport, but it remains to be seen whether the Serie A leaders would be prepared to let one of their shining lights leave given their almost certain participation in next season’s Champions League.

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