Just when it appears that Manchester United might be about to – whisper it – sign a midfielder, another man who’s been linked with a move to Old Trafford, which would be a return in his case, has spilled the beans over the reasons that led him to leave the club 18 months ago.
Paul Pogba has been making waves with Juventus ever since he joined the Serie A giants for free in 2012, after United had allowed his contract to expire and the Frenchman has admitted he left Old Trafford after been left “disgusted” by Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to pick Rafael ahead of him for a central midfield spot.
In news that will surprise nobody, Manchester United are expected to avoid any panic signings this January, with David Moyes’ and the club hierarchy thought to be keener on long-term planning, rather than stop-gap signings.
While, theoretically, that would be an smart move and a route United and the Glazers should have embarked on many years ago, United’s current predicament is such that news ruling out any January signings could have a devastating effect on the fans and the players alike, with the former category in particular desperate for a lift.
Gary Neville believes that Manchester United need to sing three or four players if they’re to return to the top of the Premier League as swiftly as possible, for the current crop isn’t good enough to sustain a title challenge, which has been widely highlighted in the first six months of this season.
With only 10 days left in the January transfer window, United, as it’s now become tradition with them, have been linked with about a dozen different players, while David Moyes and the rest of the coaching staff have traveled across Europe to scout players but, as things stand, the arrival list at Old Trafford remains empty.
Things at United aren’t good these days, but at least the Old Trafford dressing room seems to be a very democratic place, given that no sooner had David Moyes said that he believed United could still win the title than Nemanja Vidic admitted having a complete different opinion on the subject.
Yesterday’s defeat at Stamford Bridge saw United’s gap from league leaders Arsenal widen to 14 points, with even fourth place looming increasingly distant, as Spurs and Liverpool are six points clear of United.
For a man tasked with arguably the hardest job in football and pressure mounting on him by the day, David Moyes does an admirable job when it comes to remain defiant in spite of the many adversities he’s faced so far this season.
Perhaps it really is staunch belief that his team will, at some point, turn the corner or perhaps the United manager is simply trying to desperately rally his troops, but Moyes’ determination in insisting that United are still in the title race is beginning to look like a desperate and pointless exercise.
Robin Van Persie is the latest Manchester United player to publicly back David Moyes, with the Dutchman admitting that while United have been caught by surprise this season, the former Everton manager remains the right man to lead the club forward and out of the doldrums.
Van Persie has been sidelined for over a month now and has seen his team being knocked out at in the third round of the FA Cup by Swansea and losing the first leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal at Sunderland, but the Dutchman insisted that coaching staff and players are united in a bid to turn things around.
We can never have enough bad news, or so it seems.
What’s certain is that among their ineptitude and poor form this season, United have also been desperately unlucky on the injury front, with players dropping like flies, left, right and centre and unfortunately for David Moyes, things are going to get worse before they get better.
With a trip to Stamford Bridge just a few days away for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has again indulged in one of his favourite hobbies – talking about the club many suspected he wanted to manage.
A man who loves mind games almost as much as he loves himself, Mourinho insisted that he didn’t think United were a happy bunch these days – you don’t say, Jose! – but that he believes under-fire David Moyes will retain his place in the Old Trafford dugout for the foreseeable future.