United morning news: Scouts watch Benatia; possible issues with huge summer-spend

A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United

Manchester United scouts have been clocking up the air-miles in recent months, and reports in Italy claim David Moyes sent staff to watch the Serie A match between Roma and Inter Milan on Saturday.

While there was considerable talent on show, including former reported United targets Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, Tutto Mercato Web claims it was defender Mehdi Benatia who Moyes was keen to keep tabs on as he considers possible replacements for the outgoing Nemanja Vidic.

In other news, the Express runs a story this morning about the problems United could face if reports of a £200million summer spending spree are true.

With Financial Fair Play the current buzz-phrase, it is being reported that the powers that be will be closely monitoring United’s outlay to ensure they stick to the new rules.

And finally, England boss Roy Hodgson has no idea how United’s current struggles will affect Wayne Rooney in this summer’s World Cup.

In quotes published by the Sunday People, Hodgson said, “If you want a clear answer you might have to go to Wayne himself and say ‘Look, Wayne, if you have a bad season with Man United and things don’t go well for the club is that going to make it difficult for you, for England?’

“At the moment I won’t talk to him about that because the season is not over yet and there’s a lot of football to be played.”

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