Everton have reportedly rejected a bid from Manchester United for full-back Leighton Baines and insist the England international is not for sale at any price.
Questions have been raised over whether new United manager David Moyes will raid his former club of its brightest talents, with Baines and central midfielder Marouane Fellaini both linked with reuniting with Moyes at Old Trafford.
However, the Merseyside outfit are adamant they will not allow one of their prize assets to leave and are not prepared to negotiate with the Premier League champions.
In December 1971, United Reserve player, Kevin Lewis, was given a 5 match ban for attacking a referee, Lewis never played for United again.
That’s one of hundreds of useful snippets and stories to be found in a recently acquired book called ‘The Man Utd Miscellany’ by Andy Mitten.
If you’ve never read it or, like me, never knew it existed until now, then I assure you it’s well worth the three quid you can pick it up for on eBay.
Pretend you’re the manager of Manchester United for a minute (shouldn’t be hard for most of you who do that every day anyway!!).
The chairman comes to you and says “you can do a straight swap using ONE player from the current first team squad with ONE FELLOW PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYER playing in THE SAME POSITION”
If it were me……..
A product of The White Lady’s youth system, Claudio Marchisio is to Juventus what Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are to Manchester United.
A one-club-man since his teens (bar a season on loan), Marchisio has admitted to being “proud” at reports linking him with United.
Although he clearly states that “I have not heard from anyone at Manchester United” the tone of his interview with Gazzetta dello Sport indicates the idea of such a move would be one he would be very keen on.
Recently we reported that Monaco midfielder Nampalys Mendy was a target for United.
Described as the ‘next Makelele’ the option of acquiring him on a free transfer looked a clever one. However, neither club nor player, or even agent for that matter, had commented on the rumours; until now.
Manchester United have signed 20-year-old Uruguayan, Guillermo Varela, on a five year contract after agreeing a deal with the defender’s former club Penarol last week.
Varela will represent his country later this month at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey before joining up with his new team mates.
Varela represents the first signing of the Moyes era at Old Trafford after he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson who retired at the end of last season.
Some reports are linking United with a move for rebellious Monaco midfielder, Nampalys Mendy.
Mendy has informed his club of his decision to leave on a free transfer this summer and United are apparently on ‘high alert’.
A product of Monaco’s youth system, Mendy, compared by educated onlookers with France’s most infamous defensive midfielder, Claude Makalele, was integral to Monaco’s Ligue 1 success last season and United appear tempted to put their faith in youth once more with the 20 year-old French youth International.
West Bromich Albion host Uniteds final game of the season and Sir Alex Fergusons 1500th and final game in charge of the club.
1,000’s of United fans will make the pilgrimage to The Hawthorns, ticketless or not! The atmosphere will be incredible.
Paul Scholes will also make his final appearance in what’s been a glittering career.
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