News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United take on Stoke City this evening in the Capital One Cup quarterfinal at the Britannia Stadium.
They line up like this:
De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Jones, Anderson, Young, Welbeck
Subs: Johnstone, Chicharito, Nani, Fletcher, Büttner, Zaha, Kagawa
Stoke manager and United legend Mark Hughes insists United are not ‘on the slide’ ahead of the clash.
“Manchester United teams always display certain characteristics and traits and in recent weeks people have wondered what kind of season they will be having,” said Hughes.
“But when that happens, invariably the players respond. That’s what you saw against Aston Villa.”
'The qualities that United teams in the past have had are still there in abundance,” he added.
Meanwhile, David Moyes believes Danny Welbeck is benefiting from emulating Wayne Rooney in his training.
“Whatever it may be, Wayne is practising and I said, ‘Danny, you need to be out there every day finishing, even if it’s 15 minutes at the end’. I think the young boys here are educated to keep improving and practice, but sometimes you can, without knowing, slip away from that,” said Moyes.
Moyes said: "I've not looked at it yet but I did say to Wilf if I didn't think I was getting enough games [for him] I would consider it. But obviously if we've got injuries or if we've got other reasons then I wouldn't take it on board – or if I think there's a reason where I think I'm going to have plenty of chances to use him.”
The Mirror reports that Germany starlet Marco Reus is ‘close’ to a switch to United from Borussia Dortmund.
In other news, former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen believes Marouane Fellaini is ‘wrong’ for United after his difficult debut season with the champions.
“Moyes would have expected an instant return on investment when buying Marouane Fellaini. I rate him highly in a certain type of team but I’m not sure he is a Manchester United player," Owen wrote.
Michael Owen also asserted his belief that Moyes should have bought Ross Barkley instead of his former Everton teammate Fellaini this summer.
"A team consisting of two of the best youngsters in the Premier League, Adnan Januzaj and Ross Barkley, would have immediately sent out a the message that Moyes is building a team to last," he stated.
Finally, United and England legend David Beckham believes United will be successful under David Moyes.
“There was always going to be a transitional period with the manager leaving and a new manager coming in. I think David Moyes is a great manager and a good person,” Beckham told MUTV.
“Sir Alex Ferguson always said that when a club like Manchester United loses big players they move on very quickly. The manager has now moved on, he was part of this club for so many years and even though he is still part of it, it’s important that the club still moves on.”
“The fans will never forget what Sir Alex did for Manchester United, but there is a new manager that the players are behind and the fans are behind and I think he’ll be very successful,” he added.
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