A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United…
Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford tomorrow lunch time, and the hosts’ boss David Moyes has said the Reds may well be favourites for the clash that will decide if the reigning champions have any chance whatsoever of making a late surge for fourth place.
In quotes published by the Guardian, Moyes said, “Their league position suggests they’re ahead of us. They possibly do come here as favourites.”
It is an interesting statement from a man who has not enjoyed the best of beginnings to his managerial career at Old Trafford.
But perhaps he is delving into the box of mind-games used so effectively by his predecessor.
The opposing manager tomorrow, Brendan Rodgers, has told Sky Sports that failure to qualify for Europe’s elite competition will have a considerable impact on United in terms of attracting quality reinforcements.
“Any club will suffer the same when they’re not in there,” Rodgers said. “There is no doubt it will hurt you, but they (United) will know that.”
The Juventus midfielder is regarded by many as the most complete midfielder in the game, and although Moyes has been linked with the Chilean, he will come at a considerable cost.
And of course there is the potential deal-breaker of Champions League omission Rodgers was talking about.