In news that will surprise nobody, given the club’s ever-growing reputation for handling contracts issues with the same composure and efficiency of a man desperately needing the toilet while stuck underground on the Tube, Manchester United face losing Adnan Januzaj to Manchester City.
The Belgian was the latest academy product to make the step up to first team when he made his debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday, as he enjoyed an impressive 30-minute cameo after replacing Ashley Young.
David Moyes has claimed that Wayne Rooney should set himself a target of around 30 goals per season and that he believes Rooney and Robin Van Persie could develop into a fearsome partnership, now that the England striker is seemingly on his way to redemption, after agitating for a move away from the club throughout the summer.
Rooney, who made an unexpected return to action against Crystal Palace on Saturday, opened his account against the South Londoners on the weekend with a brilliant free-kick and provided two assists in United’s first league game of the season away at Swansea, a respectable start to the campaign.
After a summer of disappointment, United fans might at last have something to cheer about as Robin Van Persie has announced that he’s keen to extend his stay at Old Trafford beyond the remaining years of his current contract.
The Dutchman, who arrived from Arsenal for £24m in August 2012 and signed a four-year deal, won the Golden Boot in his first season at the club, proving a crucial factor in United’s title winning campaign and becoming the number one striker at the club.
David Moyes has stated he’ll have a word with Ashley Young after the United winger’s embarrassing behaviour saw him getting booked for simulation against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Young, who has developed a reputation for tumbling to the ground rather too willingly and rather too often, brought his personal pantomime to a whole new level against Palace as he stuck out his leg to make sure it made contact with Kagisho Dikgacoi’s shin, before theatrically and pathetically tumbling to the ground.
The transfer window might have shut two weeks ago, but the rumours surrounding players and clubs haven’t stopped and, if anything, are likely to grow increasingly louder between now and January.
Having been linked with a move away from the club over the summer, Wayne Rooney seems to be gradually endearing himself again to team-mates and fans alike (personally, the “Rooooooooooney”, “Rooooooooooney” chants remain utterly pathetic and are definitely premature) but he could find himself at the centre of another transfer saga this winter.
Nemanja Vidic has admitted that despite a somewhat lacklustre start to the campaign which has seen United drop five points in three games, David Moyes is still to unleash his own version of the “hairdryer” onto his players.
After a promising opening day at Swansea where United trounced Michael Laudrup’s side 4-1, David Moyes’ men were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Chelsea before slumping to a 1-0 defeat against Liverpool as the former Everton manager returned to Merseyside for the first time since joining United.
Sir Alex Ferguson has explained his managerial blueprint, highlighting the factors that are crucial to succeed in football but has admitted that the conditions he found during his 26 years are extremely difficult to replicate and, in all likelihood, they never will.
In a series of interviews with the Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse, the former United manager stressed the importance of setting high standards within the club, from its personnel, to the players’ behaviour on and off the pitch, to ensure the club remains competitive.
Despite still not having returned to full training, Wayne Rooney has a 50/50 chance of being fit for this season’s first Manchester derby as United take on City at the Etihad a week on Sunday.
The United striker has been working with the club’s physios as he aims to recover from the severe cut to his head he suffered after accidentally colliding with Phil Jones in training over 10 days ago.