Manchester United latest: Including Moyes’ spirit and Van Persie’s future

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Manchester United manager David Moyes believes the fans will be ‘patient’ following the Red Devils slow and painful start to the season under the new boss.

"They all understand it (the bigger picture)," said Moyes. "Most of them know exactly.

"Of course no-one expects Manchester United to lose games, no more so than me, but it is a fact and my job is to make it better.

"There will be [light at the end of the tunnel] because it is a transitional period and that was always going to be the case.”

This comes following United’s disappointing 1-0 defeat by Newcastle on Saturday at old Trafford – their second home defeat in a row and their sixth defeat of the season in the Premier League.

However, Moyes insists the defeat ‘raised his spirits’ and made him more determined to reverse the team’s fortunes.

"I did not need to lift my spirits after Newcastle - that raised my spirits," Moyes said. "It just made me more determined to make sure we improve and get better.”

Following the defeat to Newcastle, United fan John Macharia, 28, committed suicide by jumping from a multi-storey apartment block in Nairobi in Kenya with Kenyan police suggesting the result had played a part in his death.

Striker Robin van Persie insists his partnership with Wayne Rooney can ‘save’ the champions this term.

“What I enjoy most is the interaction together, that we both want to play together,” he explained.

"We both realise that we are better off playing together, because we are stronger when we are playing together, as a partnership. That's the main thing in any partnership.”

"With a player of Wayne's calibre, we can go from strength to strength, and we can become better; even better than we do it now…But it is important that this partnership is growing and becoming even stronger,” he added.

This follows reports this weekend that Robin van Persie wants to leave United, following comments made by BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson of hearsay emanating from inside the camp that the Dutchman handed in a transfer request, which David Moyes has refuted and described as ridiculous. Now, reports claim Barcelona could be interested in signing the striker for £40 million.

In transfer news, The Guardian reports that United will ‘consider’ a move for Wesley Sneijder in January.

In other news, former club captain Roy Keane believes Sir Alex Ferguson still wants ‘control and power’ over the club, despite retiring as manager after 26 years in charge.

"Everything is about control and power. He's still striving for it now even though he's not manager. There's massive ego involved in that,” said Keane of his former boss.

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