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’s fine form continued with a 1-0 victory away to Norwich City on Saturday. Substitute Danny Welbeck scored the goal shortly after replacing Ryan Giggs at the start of the second half.
Speaking after the match, United boss David Moyes praised the England forward, but said there is still room for improvement in his game.
“If you look at Danny now, he is a big part of Manchester United,” Moyes told the BBC. “His performance changed the game. He’s a really good player. What he needs to become now is a really good finisher.”
Welbeck stepped up at a vital time, with United missing both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney for the trip to Carrow Road. But Moyes had good news for fans wondering when they will see the strikers firing again.
“I would expect Rooney to probably be back on Wednesday,” Moyes told the club’s official website.
“Robin has started some light training, and he might not be too far away either.”
As much as United will be desperate to welcome both men back, their replacements have done the business in their absence and the champions go in to 2014 in the knowledge (and not just the hope) that they can still retain their title.
In another piece of transfer news, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has denied reports that Real Madrid are closing in on apparent United target Ilkay Gundogan.
The midfielder’s father has been quoted as saying Real are desperate to sign his son. However, Watzke dismissed the reports, saying, “We do not know of Ilkay, nor from his father, that he wants to leave us.”
Whether that is ultimately good or bad for United remains to be seen. But you can read the full story below:
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