All the news, views and transfer rumours from Old Trafford this weekend…
Every morning we bring you a round-up of the latest news and transfer gossip relating to Manchester United, and this weekend was no exception. To read our United-specific morning news you can find our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.
The first place to start is with United’s 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Goals from Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck gave David Moyes’ side the three points, and ensured they climbed back up to sixth in the Premier League.
That may still be some way off their hoped-for finish, but United’s performance at The Hawthorns suggested better things are to come.
Just as against Crystal Palace in their last league match, Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata and particularly Marouane Fellaini all impressed. And it is worth nothing that all three of those players were absent for one reason or another against Olympiakos in the Champions League first-leg defeat that United will soon be hoping to rectify.
Speaking to the BBC after the match, Moyes said, “It was more like it. We were more creative and played well. It’s never the easiest of places to come and we had lost to them earlier in the season so it was good to get a good result.”
In quotes published by the Mirror, Moyes praised the returning Welbeck, saying, “We are going to need him.”
The striker returned with a goal and despite rumours suggesting he could be on his way this summer, one senses he is exactly the kind of player Moyes knows he can rely on.
Robin van Persie has been in the headlines a lot in recent weeks, and this time he has been speaking about his eagerness to continue to improve his game and understand what it takes to be a succesful boss.
In quotes published by the Mail on Sunday, the Dutchman said, “Certain managers can hit the right nerve with a player. They have that quality.
“As I have got older and more experienced, I have become more sensitive to what my coaches are doing.
“I think much more about all those things at this stage of my career. I watch the managerial process all the time.”
And finally, the same newspaper reports that United are close to announcing a new £600m, 10-year deal with Nike.
That agreement, coupled with their new sponsorship deal with Chevrolet, is likely to compensate for their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League – something that appears likely, unless they can go on to win the competition in May.
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