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Manchester United manager David Moyes is eyeing up Christian Benteke as his new No.9 over concerns he may lose Wayne Rooney in the future, according to the Mirror.
Moyes is a big fan of the Aston Villa striker, who has become something of a revelation since moving to the Premier League from Belgian side Genk last summer.
And he is also aware of the fact he may lose Rooney either in the January window or next summer with the England striker’s contract steadily running down.
League rivals Chelsea, who made two bids for the 27-year-old this summer, are expected to renew their interest in the player when the window reopens in four months.
Meanwhile, Robin van Persie, 30, cannot be expected to go on forever, putting the champions in the market for a new striker.
Moyes made a personal check on Benteke on Friday as Belgium took on Scotland.
Villa would be reluctant to sell, having only just persuaded the 22-year-old to stay at the club by handing him a new 60,000-a-week deal back in July after the forward threatened to quit.
But manager Paul Lambert knows it is inevitable he will field big offers for Benteke throughout the course of the next couple of windows.
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There are eight days left of the transfer window and so far Manchester United’s only signing has been Guillermo Varela.
The 20-year-old Uruguayan joined the champions from Pe arol earlier this summer, but so far, no new additions have followed him into Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, United’s direct title-rivals have enjoyed busy summers with Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City all strengthening their respective squads over recent weeks.
There is an argument that United don’t need to sign anybody else. They did, after all, win last season’s title by 11 points.
But given the fact the serial-title-winning Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer there to guide the Red Devils, and the transitional period that is bound to come with David Moyes’s appointment at the helm, you would have expected United to have brought in at least a couple of new players.
Bids for Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini and Cesc Fabregas have all failed while other targets such as Robert Lewandowski, Radamel Falcao and Thiago Acantara are no longer available.
Then there’s the question of whether or not Wayne Rooney is going to join Chelsea, which would put United in the market for a new striker.
And with time running out, here, we look at 5 Signings David Moyes Needs To Make Before It’s Too Late.
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Manchester United have made a 20 million offer for Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, according to the Express and reports in Italy.
Italian sources claim United have approached the Turin club about the availability of Marchisio, with David Moyes’s side struggling in midfield at present.
Moyes is looking to bring in a new midfielder in January as he looks to end his side’s dramatic slump in form, having seen the champions lose three successive games for the first time in a decade.
Marchisio is reportedly surplus to requirements at Juventus with Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal ahead of the 27-year-old in the pecking order.
However, despite concerns that his lack of playing time could hinder his World Cup aspirations, Marchisio has gone on record recently to state he wishes to stay at Juve.
Last month, he told JTV, the Italian club’s official TV station:
“I want to continue winning with this jersey, I have no intention to change.
“But every year, especially in summer, there have been rumours that involved me.
“In addition to this one, I have another two years on my deal with Juventus.
“I hope to play as long as possible with this jersey, it’s not my intention to change.”
The early indications are United’s offer for the star has been knocked back, and though the player himself has admitted he wants to stay, it remains to be seen if his club feel the same way.
Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages earlier this season and may have to sell in order to offset the resulting financial shortfall.
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Liverpool are set to face competition from Northwest rivals Manchester United over Sevilla captain and Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
The Daily Express revealed both Premier League heavyweights are interested in Rakitic, 25, but must pay his reported release clause of 33 million to land him.
Sevilla do not need to sell during the winter window, however, as they let Spanish pair Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas join Manchester City this past summer for big money. On the other hand, Rakitic is their only remaining prize asset.
La Liga side Sevilla have gone from European successes, including back-to-back UEFA Cups under Juande Ramos in 2006 and 2007, and top four finishes to being the best of the rest in Spain. They finished ninth last season, but still managed to get into the Europa League.
Rakitic, who has a year-and-a-half left on his contract, is Sevilla’s skipper and top scorer with seven goals in La Liga this term – the same number Gareth Bale has for Real Madrid so far.
Both Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes have been alerted by Rakitic’s recent admission that he has become frustrated with a lack of success at Sevilla. Liverpool seek a long-term replacement for captain Steven Gerrard, who is currently injured. United too are looking for a dynamic and creative central midfielder.
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Date: Saturday, December 21 Venue: Old Trafford Kick-Off: 15:00
Can Manchester United continue their mini-revival in the Premier League, or will they fall to three successive home league defeats for the first time since 1978-79 when West Ham visit Old Trafford?
Wayne Rooney “has a chance” of being fit to play against West Ham, despite missing the midweek League Cup win over Stoke, according to United manager David Moyes.
However, Nemanja Vidic is a doubt while Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie are definitely out.
West Ham captain Kevin Nolan serves the last game of his three-match ban, but James Tomkins will return from a groin injury.
Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Mladen Petric, Winston Reid and Ricardo Vaz Te are all sidelined.
If United lose to West Ham, they will have lost three successive home league games for the first time since 1978-79.
However, they have not lost to the Hammers in their last nine league encounters.
West Ham have won just two of their last 15 Premier League matches (W2 D5 L8).
The Red Devils have 25 points after 16 matches – their lowest at this stage of a Premier League season since 2001-02.
De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Giggs, Januzaj, Rooney, Welbeck
Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Collins, Tomkins, Demel, Diame, Morrison, Collison, Noble, Jarvis, Maiga
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This fixture used to be a nailed-on six-pointer for Manchester United, but is now one that could represent another banana skin based on recent form.
United have not lost to West Ham in their last nine league encounters, have picked up twenty wins from 23 Hammers visits to Old Trafford since 1986, and haven’t conceded a single goal against the visitors in the last five.
Yet this season is different, and the Theatre of Dreams is no longer an impenetrable fortress where opponents fear to tread.
United have lost three times at home already this season, and haven’t lost more games in front of their own fans in a single season since 2001-02 – and it’s not yet Christmas.
A loss here would represent a third-successive home league defeat for the first time since 1978-79 and would, pardon the pun, Hammer the final nail into the coffin of their title defence.
Fortunately, West Ham aren’t exactly in a rich vein of form themselves – two wins in their last 15 Premier League matches have left the Londoners a point and a place above the relegation zone, and they could slip into the bottom three by the end of play this weekend.
For all United’s fallacies this season, I’m still backing them to get back on track and put serious pressure on Sam Allardyce’s side.
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Manchester United’s misfit-midfielder Anderson looks set to return to his former club Porto on loan in the January transfer window, according to the Mirror.
The 25-year-old hasn’t lived up to the 24 million fee United paid the Portuguese outfit for his services back in 2007 and after six frustrating seasons in Manchester, could be on his way back to his former side.
Porto are keen on taking the Brazilian away from Old Trafford on an initial loan arrangement, with the view of the transfer becoming permanent at a later date.
United manager David Moyes wants to shake up his side after a disappointing start to the Premier League, with 12 points now separating the champions from first place Arsenal – and also the relegation zone.
The Red Devil’s priority is to get shut of Anderson for good, but they are open to loan offers as they attempt to balance the books, in terms of contracts, and also the starting XI.
Moyes is keen on new faces in the middle of the park and was linked with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera over the summer, while Benfica star Nemanja Matic is a 20 million target.
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Venue: Craven Cottage Referee: Lee Probert Date: Saturday 2nd of November
The Cottagers will be without Hugo Rodallega and Matthew Briggs for today’s tough home fixture. Influential defender Brede Hangeland remains doubtful. Manager Martin Jol is likely to stick with Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov up front, while Kacaniklic could be preferred in midfield over Bryan Ruiz.
Manchester United have Danny Welbeck and Darren Fletcher as the confirmed absentees. Marouane Fellaini is likely to start alongside Michael Carrick in midfield – replacing the equally unimpressive Tom Cleverley. Manager David Moyes must consider whether Javier Hernandez deserves a starting birth after his recent goal-scoring form.
Fulham are coming off the back a 4-3 defeat to Championship side Leicester City in the Capital One Cup. The side also lost to Southampton 2-0 prior to the cup game. Jol is under intense pressure as the London outfit are currently enduring a lukewarm start to the season.
Manchester United have started to enjoy an upturn in form, with victories against Stoke City & Norwich in the league and Capital One Cup respectively. They also boast a flawless recent record against Fulham – winning their last six meetings.
- Fulham (4-4-1-1): Stekelenburg, Riether, Senderos, Amorebieta, Richardson, Kasami, Parker, Sidwell, Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Bent
- Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Fellaini, Januzaj, Rooney, Nani, Van Persie
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Date: Wednesday, October 23 Venue: Old Trafford Kick-Off: 19:45 BST
Can Manchester United seize control of Group A of the Champions League with a much-needed win over Real Sociedad?
Manchester United manager David Moyes has concerns over the fitness of defensive duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic ahead of the visit of Real Sociedad to Old Trafford.
The centre-backs missed the 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend after sustaining minor knocks.
Midfielder Tom Cleverley has a calf injury and missed training on Tuesday while striker Danny Welbeck was also absent from United’s final training session ahead of this tie.
Adnan Januzaj has however been added to the Champions League squad as a home-grown player and could make his European debut for the Red Devils.
This is the first competitive meeting between these two teams.
Manchester Utd have only won one of their last six Champions League games (two draws, three defeats).
Real Sociedad have won none of their last eight Champions League games (three draws, five defeats), their last win coming against Galatasaray in September 2003.
Wayne Rooney has scored in only one of his last 10 Champions League games at Old Trafford – his brace in the 4-2 win v Bayer Leverkusen this season.
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Manchester United play host to Real Sociedad tonight knowing a win is essential to pick up flagging morale.
Domestically, United have made their worst ever start to a Premier League season after dropping yet more points against Southampton at the weekend, and will be looking to get their European campaign back on track also.
A late Shakhtar Donetsk strike in the Red Devil’s last outing ruined what would have been a flawless start to the group stages and with Group A finely balanced with a point separating first and third place, three points here is crucial.
This is the first ever competitive meeting between these two sides but United’s record against Spanish opposition isn’t terrific.
Of their last 12 games against opposition from Spain, Moyes’s men have won only two games – against Barcelona in April 2008 and Valencia in September 2010.
And the last time a Basque club came to Old Trafford? The Reds were outplayed by Athletic Bilbao over two legs and dumped out of the Europa League. Food for thought then for Moyes.
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Manchester United crashed to their worst start to a Premier League season since 1989 with a shock defeat against West Brom at Old Trafford.
Second half goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Saido Berahino either side of a sumptuous Wayne Rooney freekick condemned the defending champions to their second consecutive league loss.
The Red Devils started the brighter of the two and had the Baggies hemmed into their own half in the early exchanges, with Javier Hernandez and Nani looking threatening.
The latter almost created an opening midway through the first half after floating a cross in toward Rooney, who saw the ball drift past him out of play.
West Brom weren’t without their chances either, and were happy to operate on the counter attack for large swathes of the first half.
Stephane Sessegnon came the closest for the away side when he flashed a header across the face of goal on the half hour mark, after Berahino saw a header of his own drift wide.
But the best chance of the first half was created by Anderson, who, 10 minutes before the interval, latched onto the end of Shinji Kagawa’s cross before powering a header against the crossbar.
The Brazilian reacted quickly when the ball bounced back into play, but saw his miscued rebound sky over the bar.
With the game still deadlocked at the interval, West Brom gradually grew in confidence and their swashbuckling counter attacking paid dividends early in the second half.
Amalfitano first collected the ball on the halfway line, waltzed past Michael Carrick, nutmegged Rio Ferdinand and chipped past David de Gea when through one-on-one with 53 minutes played.
But the lead lasted just three minutes after Phil Jones was first hauled down outside the penalty area before Rooney saw his freekick float into the bottom corner of Boaz Myhill’s goal.
The Baggies were more than holding their own at this point and were perhaps unfortunate to only be level when Jonas Olsson hit the bar.
The visitors were well on top after Rooney’s strike and Berahino finally restored his side’s lead on the 66 minute mark.
The 20-year-old let loose a sublime long-ranged strike from the edge of the area that nestled in the corner of de Gea’s net to stun Old Trafford.
There was still time for late drama however as United stepped up pressure, and thought they had levelled late on when substitute Marouane Fellaini converted Nani’s cross.
But the referee correctly blew for offside as the Baggies held on to only their second win of the season.
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Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has enjoyed an upturn of form of late. After a summer to forget for the 27-year old, he now appears back doing what he does best for the Premier League side – scoring and making goals.
Rooney has three goals and three assists from his first five games this season in all competitions.
Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson previously admitted the England international’s performances were nowhere near to the level expected of him for the title holders during the 2012/13 campaign, but has recently broken his silence on Wayne Rooney to admit he’s finally showing signs that his best form could be returning.
In Manchester United’s recent 4-2 victory against Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, Wayne Rooney grabbed a brace, and a place in United history after becoming the fourth player to hit 200 goals for the side.
He put in a performance worthy of note, and manager David Moyes was pleased with the 27-year old’s contribution. It couldn’t have come at a better time for the side as they travel to face fierce rivals Manchester City on the weekend.
Striker Robin Van Persie has been the side’s most pivotal player in recent weeks, but Rooney has now forced his way back into the first-team, which will greatly benefit United for the early title clash.
City will still be slim favourites, but Moyes now has a better chance of victory with a two-pronged attack featuring an in-form Rooney and Van Persie playing upfront together. The question is, will he deliver?
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