Manchester United latest: Mata confident and Kagawa backed

News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

Retired Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes David Moyes will ‘turn things around’ at Old Trafford after replacing the legendary Scot after 26 years in charge.

“They [United] will be all right," said Ferguson. "It's early days and there have been a lot of changes.”

"He [Moyes] needs time. I was there for 27 years, so with a new manager, it takes time. But they'll be OK."

Ferguson also revealed Real Madrid would have paid £150 million for Reds legend Cristiano Ronaldo back when the Ballon d’Or winner made his world record move from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu back in 2009 for £80 million.

I told David Gill to ask for £150 million. Perez would have paid,” Ferguson told Spanish publication AS.

Record signing Juan Mata admitted March is a ‘crucial month’ for the Red Devils and one that will define their season under David Moyes.

We do know it is a crucial month to climb up positions on the League table and we are going to give our best to try and win every single match," stated the Spaniard.

Elsewhere, United legend Andy Cole backs Shinji Kagawa to improve and hailed the midfielder as a ‘quality player’.

"He is a quality player but he is not the only one who is finding it hard to get regular football. There are many top players in the squad and there is plenty of competition,” said the former England ace.

In transfer news, The Mirror reports that United are ‘interested’ in PSV Eindhoven’s Santiago Arias after being ‘warned off’ a move for Everton fullback Seamus Coleman.

Meanwhile, Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho admitted he could move to Old Trafford this summer.

"It could be Manchester United or Real Madrid. It's just nice to have a great European club after me, but at the moment I'm just totally focused on Sporting and doing my best until the end of the season,” explained the 21-year-old.

Elsewhere, United target Toni Kroos’ brother revealed the Germany star is ‘considering’ a move to United this summer.

"We've already talked about (Toni's potential move to Manchester United)," Felix Kroos told Sky Germany.

"Manchester has been my dream team since I was a child. But I don’t give him any advice.”

"He will take a good decision all by himself. There are worse situations than having to decide something like that," he added.

United are also linked with German centre-back Mathhias Ginter in reports today.

In other news, Red Devils youngster Tom Thorpe has returned from his loan spell at Birmingham City after sustaining an ankle injury.

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