David Moyes has reiterated that Wayne Rooney won’t leave Manchester United and has also hinted that United are in discussion with “several players” as the Scotsman seeks to bolster the squad ahead of his first season in charge at Old Trafford.
United’s strategy this summer has been nothing short of shambolic, with Moyes missing out on the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas, while Everton remain adamant that Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines won’t leave the club, but the United manager remains confident of landing his targets before the transfer window shuts on September 2.
They call summer the “silly season” and, considering how United’s business in the transfer window has developed, it is a perfectly deserved adjective. However, if today’s back pages are to be believed, Ed Woodward and David Moyes seem determined to upgrade “silly” to “pantomime”.
United are apparently lining up one final bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, thought to be worth in the region of £40m as Moyes and Woodward simply refuse to accept that the former Arsenal has no intentions to leave the Camp Nou and Barcelona are not willing to let him go.
Michael Carrick has withdrawn from England’s squad to face Scotland at Wembley tonight due to an apparent eye infection.
The extent of the ‘injury’ is unknown but with only 4 days until United kick their Premier Leage campaign off at The Liberty Stadium its another piece of news David Moyes would prefer not to hear (ahem).
This time last year RedRants told you United were a great bet in the handicapped market to win the Premier League and that’s exactly what they did.
With a +2 start they never needed, United romped to the title with a total of 91pts pipping EVERTON by just 4pts while City’s apparent slickers and their scratch handicap amassed a shameful 78pts. (See below for complete handicap positions for 12/13)
You can remind yourselves or look for proof if required by reading last years article entitled ‘United a good bet for the title‘. This season we’ve teamed up with LuxBet to try to bring you another great United tip.
With the new season upon us and the genuine intrepidation we all undoubtedly feel towards United’s new era, here’s a chance to find out what journalists and bloggers expect from 2013/14 to ensure you’re not alone.
Authored by Doron (@DoronSolomon) and Edited by Scott (@R_o_M), this pre-season ebook has contributions from Noz @beardedgenius, Lucia @roughestatedate, Callum @callum_th, Darren @darrenrichman plus Scott and Doron themselves while Danny Taylor (The Guardian), Henry Winter (The Telegraph), Ollie Holt (The Mirror), Mark Ogden (The Telegraph) also have their say.
When Antonio Valencia relinquished his number 7 shirt to opt for a more sombre 25, the number he had worn during his first two seasons at the club, he obviously couldn’t imagine that a relatively easy decision could trigger the hopes and dreams of many gullible fans, who were willing to believe that the Ecuadorian’s decision was part of a masterplan that would lead to unveiling a new signing.
Less than 24 hours after Valencia had made the number 7 shirt vacant and appeared at Wembley with the number 25 splashed across his back, Cristiano Ronaldo was reportedly flying into Manchester on a private jet, as confirmed by everybody’s favourite, and most reliable, source: Paddy Crerand.
The saga surrounding Wayne Rooney might have finally, and mercifully, reached its final chapter as Manchester United have told Chelsea the England is not for sale at any price, never has been and never will be.
Rooney’s feud with United, which began as he was left out of the starting XI for United’s clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League last season, has become increasingly acrimonious over the last couple of months, with the striker more or less blatantly agitating for a move away from Old Trafford, however without submitting a formal transfer request.
The summer of 2013 will hardly be remembered as memorable by United fans, who have seen the club acting in the transfer window with same swift and resolute approach of a drunken teenager stumbling towards a bus stop, as David Moyes and Ed Woodward have come under increasing pressure to land the sort of top player that would boost United’s chances this season.
Manchester City have splashed cash in customary fashion on the likes of Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas, while Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea is likely to galvanise the Londoners as they seek to secure a first league title since 2010.