Manchester United latest: Moyes describes Rooney in one word; €45m chase continues

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

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

United continued their resurgent form with a 3-1 home victory over West Ham United on Saturday. Danny Welbeck followed his brace against Aston Villa with the opener, before Adnan Januzaj scored his first goal in front of his home fans.

Substitute Ashley Young made it three before Carlton Cole netted a consolation strike for the Hammers.

The result means the champions are now seventh in the Premier League, five points outside the top four and eight behind current leaders Liverpool.

Speaking after the match, United boss David Moyes told the BBC he was pleased with the performance, if a little disappointed with the final score.

I’m a wee bit disappointed we didn’t take some more opportunities and I was disappointed not to keep a clean-sheet, but we got done on the break,” he said.

The job is to keep our head down and keep winning games. There is confidence among the players. We are creating a lot of opportunities right now.”

Despite rumours linking Wayne Rooney with a switch to Real Madrid, Moyes is hopeful of tying the England striker to a new long-term contract.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Moyes said, “Do you know what I see more than anything in Wayne? I see leadership.

The players are responding. In the dressing room now Wayne is one of those who is beginning to call the shots.”

The report also claims discussions are ongoing between the club and the player’s representatives over a new deal that will see him commit his future to United just as Luis Suarez did to their fierce rivals Liverpool last week.

With one striker hopefully staying put, Moyes has also ruled out bringing any new goal-getters to the club in January.

In quotes published by Sky Sports, the United manager said, “I would not say we are in desperate need of an out-and-out centre forward.

It is easy for people to throw names up, but when they look at it more closely you might say it wasn’t that good a suggestion.”

Given the players at Moyes’ disposal, and the resurgence of Danny Welbeck, surely midfield is the only area United desperately need to strengthen in the short term.

Speaking of which, we brought you the news earlier that United's scouts were once more in attendance to watch Sporting Lisbon on Saturday, with William Carvalho the player they were believed to be keeping the closest eye on.  But they could now have competition from a familiar foe.

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Arsenal scouts join Manchester United's as race for €45m man hots up

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