Being the cynic that I am as well as an infamous miserable old bastard (look up the meaning of grognard), it would have been easy for me to watch the David Moyes unveiling/press conference and poke holes in almost everything he said. But a funny thing happened while I was sharpening my knives and gritting my teeth. Good old Dave impressed me greatly and said all the right things….well almost all the right things.
There were two negatives during the unveiling. First problem was – where was Thiago? All week I had been reading that today would be the day that Moyes would introduce himself and also unveil the mystical and mysterious Thiago Alcantara for all to see. So negative moment number one is, where is the much talked about and most anticipated signing of the season?
More on Thiago later.
David Moyes held his first Manchester United Press Conference today and, in what must have been an almighty technical glitch, he appeared to suggest Wayne Rooney was NOT up for sale.
“Wayne is not for sale,” he said. “He’s a Manchester United player and he will remain a Manchester United player.”
Unfortunately, there was no technical glitch, Wayne Rooney really isn’t up for sale. Unbelievable.
Representitives for both United and David de Gea met recently to offer the keeper a new improved contract after an alleged approach from Barcelona.
After suffering a shaky start to life in the Premier League, de Gea has improved his performances to such an extent that many Reds placed him second in their list for last seasons Player of the Year Award.
In a move that might have shocked many, but that will undoubtedly pleased many Reds, David Moyes has named Ryan Giggs as player/coach, while former United man Phil Neville has returned to Old Trafford and will also be part of Moyes’ coaching staff.
Giggsy, who has been taking his coaching badges and is due to obtain the Uefa Pro Licence next summer, will now combine coaching duties with playing, as the club have confirmed that he’s been appointed with immediate effect in his new role.
If Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United, he’ll have to submit a formal transfer request, otherwise the club will continue to consider him as a prized asset of with whom they do not intend to part ways with. Yesterday it was claimed that Rooney had made clear to David Moyes and the club that he demanded an apology from Sir Alex Ferguson as he wanted United to clarify that he had never submitted a transfer request, but now Rooney could find himself with his back up against the wall.
Rooney and David Moyes were scheduled to have a meeting yesterday, with the morning papers divided as to whether the meeting actually took place or not, while they’re almost unanimous in reporting that United don’t consider the United striker’s a case that needs to be resolved swiftly.
Cristiano Ronaldo has poured cold water on the hopes of United fans who were dreaming of seeing the Portuguese star returning to Old Trafford this summer, despite admitting that he’s missing English football.
After rumours circulated last night on different social media networks that United were poised to table a blockbuster offer for the Real Madrid star, in an interview at a promotional event in Singapore the 28-year-old admitted that, while he still hasn’t extended his current deal with Real Madrid – due to expire in two years – there’s little hope of an imminent return to Old Trafford.
Newspapers’ back pages rarely happen to agree with one another. Today, however, their verdict is unanimous in claiming that Wayne Rooney’s days at Old Trafford are numbered, after former United’s assistant coach, Mike Phelan, revealed some details on the striker’s future in an interview with BBC Five Live.
David Moyes and Rooney are set for a meeting today as the new United manager will try to solve the issue regarding the striker’s future once and for all, for if it was allowed to linger through the summer it could destabilise the team as well as hindering United’s movement in the transfer market.
During the transfer window it’s almost impossible to decipher between what’s totally fabricated nonsense and what’s credible substance.
Personally I look for two signals when considering if United really are interested in a player or not. 1) the club officially approach/bid for a player and 2) as is the case with the Ezequiel Garay rumour, enough smoke!
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