News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United beat Stoke 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday after the visitors took the lead twice in the tight and tense affair this weekend.
A goal from Robin van Persie on the stroke of halftime equalized after Peter Crouch’s fourth minute opener for Stoke before goals from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez in the last 10 minutes ensured the champions took all three points.
Striker Robin van Persie was involved in a ‘confrontation’ with Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross after the game as the players headed for the tunnel.
United now prepare to take on Norwich in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening – David Moyes is expected to rotate his team heavily following the weekend’s win with key senior players expected to be rested for the clash with the Canaries.
David Moyes believes Adnan Januzaj has a ‘big’ future with the Red Devils after signing a five-year contract to keep him at Old Trafford earlier this month.
"Young footballers get opportunities to progress here at Manchester United and I have no doubt that, in the future, Adnan will become a top player. He is 18 years old, has good ability, plus maturity beyond his years,” said the Scot.
In transfer news, United are ‘considering’ sending Wilfried Zaha out on loan as the youngster who joined in January has failed to impress David Moyes sufficiently to break through into the team so far this season.
"I've said if I couldn't get him a game I would look at it in January,” explained the boss.
"It's not because Wilf has not done enough, it's because we have got big, big competition and there are a lot of players to give some playing time to. Unfortunately we've not been able to do that with Wilf. If I can't do a lot for him by January then I will look at it.”
United’s chief executive Ed Woodward is ‘disappointed’ the club did not make more signings this summer, including Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas whom the Red Devils failed in their pursuit of.
"With Fabregas that was an approach specific to the selling club. They have an ownership structure that means there has to be debate before a player is sold,” Woodward told United We Stand.
"It was disappointing that we didn't sign more players, but I always knew it was going to be a tough window.”
Meanwhile, Marouane Fellaini has revealed Arsenal were interested in him prior to his £28 million move to Old Trafford this summer but would not go on record to confirm whether Chelsea were.
"Chelsea? No comment. Arsenal? It's true, they were interested, but Manchester United convinced me to sign for them," he revealed.
Elsewhere, rumours have emerged that Gareth Bale could join United in January and that Wayne Rooney could also be sold to Chelsea.
In other news, United have apologized for a ‘swastika-style’ logo was sent out to fans in a newsletter entitled “New Order”. Although the logo actually spelled out ‘MUFC’, its visual similarities to the Nazi symbol were pointed out and the club issued an apology for “entirely unintended” offense caused.
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