Red Rants Archives for January 2013

United given the elboa once more as yet another bid gets rejected

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This report is taken from SkySports.com regarding a bid made by United for Atletico Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.

Athletic Bilbao say they have turned down an offer from Manchester United for midfielder Ander Herrera.

Club president Josu Urrutia claims a firm bid for the 24-year-old was lodged on Thursday and immediately dismissed.

5 Reasons why United CAN win the title

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New manager, new staff, new era. This season is the biggest of David Moyes's career. He is an unfamiliar face in the Old Trafford dugout, after the 26 year reign from Sir Alex Ferguson. Yet Moyes has the potential to be one of United's top managers. I'm going to tell you five reasons why David Moyes can retain our title in his first season at the biggest club in the world, Manchester United.

Martinez wants an end to speculation as United make new bid

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Roberto Martinez believes it's time the powers-that-be sorted out the timing of the summer transfer window to end unhelpful speculation surrounding players.

Martinez was speaking generally in a press conference about how disruptive it is to have transfers available while the season was open and I couldn't agree more.

Easy does it for United in Europe

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Manchester United were handed a relatively group in today's Champions League draw in Nyon, Switzerland. David Moyes' first European campaign in charge of United will see them facing Shakthar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad.

The meetings against the Spanish and Ukranian sides will represent a first for United, while the trip to Leverkusen will evoke bad memories in many Reds, as United were knocked out in the Champions League semifinal by the Germans in 2002.

United could miss out on target

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With the transfer window entering its final five days, Manchester United have been dealt a new blow as Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has insisted he has no intention to leave the Spanish capital, meaning that David Moyes will have to look elsewhere if he is to bolster his midfield between here and September 2.

Reports emerging Everton star has asked to leave the club

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They're only rumours but TalkSport are reporting Leighton Baines has asked his club to allow him to leave thus paving the way for his dream move to Old Trafford.

The Everton fullback has up until now kept completely silent and been praised for his conduct while United attempted to lure him away.

Old United target could offer cheap last-minute option

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With time now of the essence to finalise one or two of the 'will-he won't-he' deals to finalise his squad for the season, events in Spain last night could offer David Moyes the opportunity to grab himself a last-minute bargain regardless of what develops with Wayne Rooney.

During Real Madrid's fixture versus Grenada last night, Mesut Ozil trudged despondently down the tunnel signalling his dissatisfaction at the decision to substitute him.

Tactical stalemate kicks Moyes’ Old Trafford reign off in promising style

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Today was a cagey and intelligent game of chess that played itself into an unfortunate but deserved draw. Despite the hard work and highly professional effort by Wayne Rooney United could not find that magical moment in the box that would break the deadlock and to be honest, both clubs were reduced to nothing more than half chances and hand ball let offs for Chelsea.

The “committed one” shines in Moyes’ home debut

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Dull affairs are a rare events at Old Trafford. Dull affairs involving United and Chelsea even more so but, despite all the hype that had preceded the fixture, tonight turned out to be the exception rather than the rule.

David Moyes' home debut, Wayne Rooney playing in front of the fans he's desperate to get away from against the side he'd love to join and Jose Mourinho's return to the venue many thought could be his home turf had provided plenty of talking points ahead of kick off.

Can United tame the Chelsea beast?

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It's time to write something from a lighter perspective and catch the tension before Monday's epic encounter with Chelsea. I'm absolutely exhausted and frustrated talking about the transfer window so the upcoming clash of the titans is a welcome distraction and a chance to offer my two cents on and what I'm expecting to see.

What’s the Mata with some United fans?

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It's an unusual place to be in when you're sat laughing at some of the articles and comments posted by United fans who claim to be 'sick' and 'angry' about United's summer business and about the standard of it's current squad.

Since July 1st when David Moyes officially took control of the club, the positivity, support and backing he's receiving from United fans has quickly ebbed away in some quarters.

It’s Time To Declare War On Team Glazer

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So David Moyes has come out of his cocoon and admitted that United might not sign anybody between now and the end of transfer window. "There is no pressure to do it. I have an idea of where I'd like to strengthen. If the right players are available, then great, but there is a possibility nothing may happen"

Where do I start?

United set to bid for Real Madrid star

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Yesterday, David Moyes announced that United might not sign anyone in the remaining nine days between now and September 2, a news that wouldn't have surprised many United fans, considering the way the club has conducted its business throughout the summer.

Today, however, some of the back pages suggest that United might indeed land a signing this summer, as they prepare a bid for Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil, whose time on the pitch at the Bernabeu has been limited after the arrival of Isco and could shrink even further if Real Madrid are to complete the signing of Gareth Bale.

“We may not sign anyone” admits Moyes

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It was the news many knew was coming but nobody wanted to hear. After spending the summer chasing unrealistic, and probably ill-advised targets, David Moyes has admitted that United might not sign anybody between now and the end of transfer window. "There is no pressure to do it. I have an idea of where I'd [.

Intense North/South rivalry set for a new chapter

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With new Chelsea manager, Jose Mourihno, set to make a third and possibly final bid to lure United's Wayne Rooney from Manchester to London after Monday's early season title clash, the rivalry between the two clubs looks set to increase. FA Cup encounters, League title clashes and even that special night in Moscow's Champions League [.

Woodward warns rivals

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Just when one thought Ed Woodward was a mythological figure, borne out of the fantasy of some over zealous fans and sold to the media as United's chief executive, turns out that Woodward does indeed exist. However, the United chief executive, has been unable to complete any transfers because he's time has been spent writing [.

United target open to move?

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With only ten days to go before the transfer shuts on September 2 there might, at long last, be some positive news for Manchester United and for those who consider Marouane Fellaini to the cure to the club's terminally ill midfield. This week United had a £16m offer for the Belgian rejected by Everton, who [.

United ready to do business

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As the Wayne Rooney saga rumbles on, an unexpected twist could soon change the landscape of United's business this summer and it could also go a long way in determining the outcome of the Premier League season. Despite United's stance that Rooney is not for sale at any price, the latest reports suggest that United [.

A letter to the Glazer Family

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Dear Sirs and Scoundrels: Let me first start by thanking you for making this summer the mother of all Hells. You along with your friends at Arsenal have made the "Silly Season" (aka summer transfer window) the "Stupid Season" and a period of history that will go down in defining your lack of competence, sincerity, [.

Mourinho set to test United again

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The next two weeks will go a long way to determine Wayne Rooney's future, as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed that he'll submit a third and final bid for the United striker before the end of the transfer window. United host Chelsea on Monday night and the Portuguese manager has refused to rule out a [.

Will young Saint become a Devil?

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After months spent following the same targets with very little success, Manchester United have today been linked with a surprise move for Southampton's Luke Shaw, as David Moyes appears to be increasingly willing to explore other avenues after facing the prospect of missing out on Leighton Baines. United's £28m joint bid for Marouane Fellaini and [.

United make fresh bid

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If Manchester United were a teenager approaching a girl, it's fair to say they wouldn't have stand a chance. In fact, by now, they would probably be thinking that they're destined to remain single for the rest of their life, such is the ineptitude and awkwardness they have displayed in the last couple of months.

“He’s only going to get better” warns Moyes

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Manchester United have enjoyed a rather unimpressive summer, with their failure to land a major signings coupled with Wayne Rooney's malaise making it a very difficult couple of months for new manager David Moyes. However, on the pitch, the United manager got his career off to a positive start, lifting the Community Shield and winning [.

United and Moyes suffer yet another transfer market setback

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David Moyes' era at United kicked off in fashion on the pitch, but the United manager continues to have no luck in the transfer window as United suffered another setback in their bid to strengthen the squad before September 2. The latest reports suggest that Evertonhave turned down a £28 million offer fromthe Premier League [.

Chelsea not going away despite United warning

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United might have started the David Moyes era triumphantly by thumping Swansea 4-1 on Saturday, but the first three points under the new manager are a distant memory on today's backpages, which focus, yet again, on transfer speculations as the transfer window enters its final two weeks. The man at the centre of attention is, [.

Doubt is temporary, class is permanent (except Wayne Rooney’s).

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OK, one down and 37 to go. So what have we learned from United's first match of the season, first victory as well as first regular season match under new manger David Moyes? First off let me congratulate David Moyes on his first victory. I have to say this, even though Dave was never my [...]

New era, same old United

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The last time United faced Swansea, Sir Alex Ferguson waved goodbye to Old Trafford for the last time as Manchester United manager under a torrential downpour, so there was perhaps a sense of inevitability as David Moyes began his United career against the same opponent and in the same weather conditions.

Swansea City v United: Confirmed Lineup

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Starting XI: De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs, Valencia, Welbeck, RvP Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Zaha, Rooney, Kagawa, Anderson, Fabio Happy with the Moyes' first lineup? Confident of picking up all three points? How's about a prediction? I'm going for 3-1 United.

Moyes’ tricky Premier League debut overshadowed

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As Manchester United debuts go, Wayne Rooney's was amongst the greatest and most memorable of all time. Ronaldo, Macheda, van Nistelrooy and Shay Brennan all received approving nods via our Twitter following last night, but surely none compare to Rooney's? Shame then how the want-away striker could sour the occasion for a man who seems [.

Crucial numbers missing at United?

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Manchester United have released the official first team numbers ahead of this season. As expected the number 7 and number 9 shirts have been left vacant, as new signing Wilfried Zaha and Guillermo Varela have chosen number 29 and 30 respectively while, after returning from a season-long loan at QPR, Fabio has chosen number 22.

Moyes turns to Real Madrid star

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When the Premier League season finally kicks off tomorrow, whichever United XI will take the pitch against Swansea will have a very familiar look to the one that secured a record 20th league title last season. United's inactivity in the transfer window throughout the summer has been well documented as has the appalling lack of [.

Players, Agents and Owners Are Cut From the Same Hypocritical Cloth

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I am writing this rant shortly after reading an article in the Daily Mail that states "English football's biggest rivals Liverpool and Manchester United have made an unofficial pact to stop Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney leaving for Premier League rivals in a fight to curtail player power. Anfield principal owner John W Henry and [.

United manager sends positive signal

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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 [.

Moyes to turn to plan F?

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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 [.

Eye infection rules Carrick out

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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 [.

Did you cash in on our 16/1 United tip?

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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 [.

Play Like Fergie’s Boys

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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, [.

Iconic number 7 shirt about to filled?

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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 [.

United clarify Rooney’s future

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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 [.

United duo unfazed by rivals

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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 [.

Nothing wrong with Roo?

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Well the quiet didn't last long, did it? Less than 36 hours have passed since United lifted their first trophy of the season admittedly of very limited importance but football has again been exiled from today's back pages, with injuries and transfer gossip thundering back on stage, despite having very little to add [.

RedRants Premier Fantasy League 2013/14 – Win NowTV

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Now then Ladies and Gents it's that time of year again when we all get £100m to spend on 15 players of our own choice in a bid to accrue more points than our best mates and online buddies. Yes it's Fantasy Football time again and we've started our own league. This year Sky have [...]

Rafael response highlights his quality

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After being on the end of a clumsy challenge in yesterdays Charity Shield, United's Brazilian rightback, Rafael, looks set to miss the opening FIVE games of the season with a hamstring injury triggering a sympathetic and disappointed response from fans. A few years ago this news would not have been met with anything more than [.

Moyes pays tribute to Fergie

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David Moyes might have lifted his first "trophy" as Manchester United manager as United comfortably saw Wigan off in yesterday's Community Shield, but the former Everton boss was quick to pay tribute to the man he replaced. "I class that [the Community Shield] as another piece of silverware for Sir Alex," said Moyes.

Moyes needs to take a leaf out of Klopp’s book

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Now that the friendly season is all but over Manchester United goes into the 2013/14 campaign with more issues and questions than they have faced since the late 80's when Sir Alex Ferguson was truly worried about getting the sack. It's a time of turmoil, unrest and many a question are being asked about the [.

Moyes looks to get his United career off to a flyer

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Less than three months ago Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of his last ever Manchester United game, as a packed away at West Brom saluted the most successful manager in the club's history, as everybody connected with the club began to slowly come to terms with the prospect of United without Fergie. Three months have [.

Moyes to turn to plan D?

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Having spectacularly failed to secure plan A (Thiago Alcantara) and having been systematically told to forget about plan B (Cesc Fabregas, however plan A and B can be exchanged as required) United seemed determined to move onto plan C (Marouane Fellaini) during the week, but reports suggest that they might be looking further down the [.

The RedRants Premier League 2013/14 Prediction Pot

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We all think we know football, we all think our opinion is far greater than the next mans and we all think we know what's going to happen between now and the end of the Premier League season (well I do anyway!). So, here's you chance to show us what you're made of and I'll [...]

United find unexpected ally in Rooney saga

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Manchester United have found an unexpected ally in their bid to keep Wayne Rooney at the club, with England manager Roy Hodgson claiming that he'll warn his players from talking with the United striker about his future, when England meet ahead of their friendly against Scotland. Hodgson, who described his decision as a "duty of [.

Rio Grande, 10 years as a Red

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There was a time when the Premier League was almost exclusively contested between the red corner of North London and the red half of Manchester and, even more incredibly, there was a time when United were not afraid to tap into the transfer market in a swift, secure, way, without baulking at transfer fees.

Fabregas is staying at Barcelona

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Cesc Fabregas has, once and for all, put his fabulated transfer rumour to bed by committing his future to his beloved Barcelona. The news will not come as a surprise to United or their fans who, during the last week-or-two, have gradually realised the arrival of Fabregas was merely a pipe dream. The question now [.

Moyes has sight set on duo

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What a strange summer this has been so far. United are either linked to unrealistic targets, not going to sign anybody or, as it the case today, are reportedly poised to bid for not one, but two players, as David Moyes looks to add to his squad before the start of the season on August [...]

Star using United link to extract contract extension?

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Some newspapers can't help but have a field-day with the mind of United fans as they capitalise on United's somewhat 'quiet summer' of squad strengthening by regurgitating the same old rubbish thus offering players and agents the opportunity to milk their current employers while callously tantalising fans that their favourite target is about to step [.

Moyes launches bid for Premier League hardman

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With ten days to go until they begin the defence of their Premier League title away at Swansea, Manchester United might have finally made some significant progress in their quest to add some steel and quality to their midfield, as David Moyes has launched a bid for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

Henriquez shines as injuries hamper United

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Manchester United concluded their pre-season tour with a 1-1 draw in Stockholm against AIK, but David Moyes will have to wait to assess the extent of the injuries to Nani and Jonny Evans, who were both forced off the pitch. Nani, playing his first pre-season game with the first team squad, had been United's biggest [.

Rooney tells Moyes “I’m desperate to leave”

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Nine years ago, when United unveiled Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford, it appeared nothing could stop the 18-year-old from becoming one of the game's brightest stars as Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United were deemed the perfect environment to nurture and develop the teenager into something special. Almost a decade on, the teenager is no [.

Enough of Roo?

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With every day that goes by, the Wayne Rooney saga becomes increasingly farcical, the failure of club and player to reach if not an agreement at least a relatively amicable solution has casted a massive cloud over the club's strategy in this summer's transfer window. Rooney was due to make his public comeback for the [.

Ronaldo silence fuels transfer gossip

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Christiano Ronaldo is refusing to confirm or deny reports that he's agreed an extension to his Real Madrid contract thus fuelling rumours he could be on his way out of the club. Reports surfaced last week that David Moyes and Manchester United were exploring the possibility of Ronaldo making a block-buster return to Old Trafford [.

Two down, how many left? United reject Rooney bid

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Manchester United have rejected a bid from Chelsea for Wayne Rooney, the second time within a matter of weeks that United have refused an offer for their wantaway striker by Roman Abramovich's club. United have repeatedly stated publicly that Rooney is not for sale, however the 27-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move away [.

United resolve midfielder’s saga

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One of the transfer sagas of the summer has seemingly reached its end, and a rather predictable one as far as Manchester United fans are concerned, with the club thought to have given up in their attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas. The Barcelona midfielder became United's number one target after his former team-mate Thiago opted [.

Rooney set to decide his future

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Just when one thought the Wayne Rooney saga couldn't get more boring, confusing and cringeworthy, the story has apparently managed to tick all three boxes, with the United striker seemingly on the verge of resolving his future and, mercifully, let us all forget about one of the most grotesque transfer sagas in recent years.

Bright young gem catches United’s eye

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With United's summer transfer dealings up in the air, many names are being spoken about as potential targets, while it seems talks to bring Ronaldo back to the club persists. Until the futures of Ronaldo and fellow 'fast-track bully' Gareth Bale are decided, the transfer market will be stuck in neutral.

Rooney’s back

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Wayne Rooney could make his comeback for Manchester United in friendly behind closed doors against Spanish side Real Betis today. The 27-year-old is still to feature in a game under new manager David Moyes, after returning home from United Australasian tour with a hamstring injury. Rooney, however, could line up today alongside the likes of [.

Capturing Ronaldo Would Be Defining Move For David Moyes

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I think I should start off today saying that after having submitted numerous articles where I have spewed disgust and frustration at the ownership of Manchester United, it's time for a more positive approach based on news that has begun to go viral the past 24 hours or so. First off let me say that [.

Sudden rise flatters United hopeful

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Perhaps this was always going to be destined to be a strange summer for United. Following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and the appointment of David Moyes the club braced itself for a period likely to bring excitement, doubts, hopes and fears in equal measure, and the last two months have duly delivered.

Moyes sets his heart on old United favourite

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The season kicks off in 15 days, City and Chelsea have bolstered their squads while United have tip-toed around a number of players and already missed out on a couple of targets this summer. Plenty of reason to be pessimistic about this season? Well yes, but everything could change were United to land a familiar [.

RUSE: Understanding the Glazers Transfer Policy

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Well I am hoping that the disappointment is sinking in now regarding our so-called pursuit for Marouane Fellaini. Although he was not the number one choice for most supporters, he was the player most often linked with a sure move to Old Trafford. As I sit down to write this, several hours have passed beyond [.

United launch “take it or leave it” bid for top target

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During the week David Moyes had seemed ready to give up his hopes of signing Cesc Fabregas by moving onto contingency plans, namely Luka Modric and Marouane Fellaini, but today United are set to launch a third, and hopefully final, offer for the Barcelona midfielder, in the hope of making him the first world class [.