United morning news: Midfielder clause could affect transfer; report slates latest performance

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It was never likely to be a glorious return to Goodison Park for David Moyes, given his recent departure, Everton’s resurgence and Manchester United’s lacklustre campaign. And so it proved as the Toffees won 2-0 to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

The Telegraph claims Moyes is “edging closer to the United exit door”, after his new players all but surrendered to his former charges on Sunday afternoon.

And it is that performance that has raised even more questions over the future of the United boss, with his players putting in what the paper calls “the most half-hearted and uninterested performance that has shamed the red shirt for 30 years.”

That is quite a statement, and perhaps a tad exaggerated. But there is no doubt Moyes has a huge job on his hands not only to rebuild this squad, but to rebuild his reputation among the doubters – who appear to be multiplying by the week.

In other news, the Mirror reports that United will have to dig dip for reported transfer target Adam Lallana.

The Southampton midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time, but with his former club Bournemouth due 25% of any future fee for the player, United may have to pay over the odds to keep his current club happy with the amount they ultimately pocket.

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