News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
The fallout from Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in Athens on Tuesday night in the first leg of their last sixteen tie in the Champions League, The Independent reports that manager David Moyes now has 12 games to prove he is the man to take the Red Devils forward beyond the summer.
This comes as former Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli stated Moyes ‘would have been sacked in Italy’ for the results he has achieved this season.
"In Italy, managers are judged simply by results," he told BBC Radio 4. "Italian managers don't enjoy themselves at all."
"David Moyes, in Italy, would have been sacked three times now," he said.
Vice captain Patrice Evra insists the players are ‘right behind’ David Moyes despite some disappointing performances.
“The team played for over 28 years with Alex Ferguson,” said the Frenchman.
“It is behind the new manager, we will do everything to qualify for the next Champions League.”
Meanwhile, record signing Juan Mata has been left out of the Spain squad for their upcoming friendly with Italy in Madrid next Wednesday. Manchester City midfielder David Silva, along with Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla have been chosen by national team boss Vincente del Bosque over the United playmaker.
In transfer news, The Mirror reports United are planning a surprise move for Stefan Savic. The Fiorentina defender formerly of Manchester City is linked as a potential replacement for skipper Nemanja Vidic.
In other news, former United winger Keith Gillespie has been issued with an arrest warrant in Northern Ireland after failing to attend a court appearance on Thursday for charges relating to a ‘non-molestation order’ last month according to the Daily Mail. The 39-year-old who spent two years with United before moving to Newcastle in 1995 had been bailed on a charge that required him to stay away from the area of North Down.