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Man Utd Transfer News: David Moyes Turns To Bastian Schweinsteiger?

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Manchester United’s pursuit of Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas has been well documented recently, and the Old Trafford club haven’t yet given up hope of landing the Spain international.

However reports have emerged today from The Mirror that new Manchester United manager David Moyes will turn his attention to Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, if they have their third improved bid for the former Arsenal midfielder rejected.

The 29-year old German international has been a crucial part of the Bayern team for about a decade, yet Pep Guardiola who replaced Jupp Heynckes in the summer as their new coach does not see where he will fit into his plans according to sources close to the club.

New Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino says he is confident Fabregas will remain at the Nou Camp, dealing another blow to United’s hopes of landing the 26-year old, while his club teammate Javier Mascherano told Sky Sports News this week that he feels he is willing to stay put at the Catalan side.

He said: “I see him here training and he is happy. He grew up in Barcelona and feels the call of the shirt.”

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With just two weeks to the beginning of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season – and only a week to the annual curtain raiser in the Community Shield where Manchester United face Wigan – Moyes’ patience may be running out as he attempts to make additions to his squad.

Rumours have continued to persist about possible alternatives if Fabregas was to stay at Barcelona, with some reports suggesting that United will consider making an offer for a player they have long admired in Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.

Unsurprisingly, Moyes has also been linked with Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, although it would require a bid of around 22 million to trigger his release clause, leading to speculation that he will look to other targets and Schweinsteiger could fit the bill as Manchester United look for their first major signing of the summer.

While United missed out on the signing of Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga, German Cup and Uefa Champions League holders have also added Mario Gotze from rivals Borussia Dortmund, which could pave the way for the exit of the current German Player of the Year.

As reports in the media suggest Wayne Rooney is now prepared to hand in a written transfer request, the Premier League champions may look to bring in reinforcements.

Barcelona continue to reiterate their stance that Fabregas is not for sale, which could see them turn to other targets with Schweinsteiger reportedly now top of their wishlist.

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Man Utd Transfers: 2 Former United Players Who Should Return Under Moyes

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Manchester United have always had a mix of experience and youth in their squads, whether you look at the 1999 treble winning side or the last team under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Throughout the years, players have come and gone. Arrivals excite and departures disappoint, but two of the biggest mistakes of Sir Alex’s reign should be rectified by newly appointed Manchester United manager, David Moyes.

With Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand playing in the last few seasons of his career, now is the time to search for his replacement. Whilst Manchester United already have young English duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, as well as experienced defender Jonny Evans, realistically United’s defence could benefit from one other centre-back.

The first player Moyes should bring back to Old Trafford is Stoke defender, Ryan Shawcross. The Englishman was sold to then Championship side Stoke City for a fee of just 1 million back in 2007.

Since then the he has dominated the Stoke defence with his experience, leadership and determination, but despite impressive displays, Shawcross has never been lured away from the Britannia. Last season, the defender played in 36 league games for Stoke proving he can keep up with United’s busy schedule.

At 25-years-old, Shawcross still has a promising future ahead of him and whilst other may doubt him, in the past Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praised on his former player, proving that Shawcross could easily step up to a top four side.

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QPR vs Man United: 5 Key Battles That Will Decide The Game

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The Premier league’s bottom club will host the top when Man United visit Loftus Road tomorrow. Things couldn’t be going much better for United at the moment; 12 points clear of Man City at the top of the table, into the FA Cup quarter finals and a fine draw at Real Madrid still in the memory. A win will take them 15 points clear before City have to host Chelsea on Sunday.

QPR’s situation is the total opposite: they’re 4 points adrift at the bottom of the table, 7 from safety and they were hammered 4-1 by Swansea in their last league game. Harry Redknapp needs 3 points desperately to put some pressure on the teams around them and lift the spirits at the club.

Harry will take some positives from the fact that Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones look set to miss the game, but his own striker Loic Remy is a doubt due to a groin problem.

Top vs Bottom is always far trickier for the top team than what appears at face value. United will be heavy favourites and will face a QPR side that are in dire need of some points. Redknapp’s men will need some huge performances and try to prey on any weakness in the United line up that they can think of.

Here are 5 key battles to look out for tomorrow at Loftus Road.

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Man Utd News: BT Offer Rio Ferdinand Lead Pundit Position If He Retires

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According to the Mail Online, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been offered the opportunity to become BT Sport’s lead football pundit.

Rio Ferdinand, 34, has less than six months left on his Manchester United contract and with him being shunned by England manager Roy Hodgson, he could well hand up his boots at the end of this season.

BT have secured the rights to 38 Premier League games in each of the next three seasons and with Sky having former Red Devil Gary Neville on their books, the broadcaster are keen to bring in big names. BT have already signed up Dame Clare Balding and given her own flagship show, which she is delighted with:

“I’d like to thank BT for giving me the opportunity to present my own magazine-style programme in which I can interview iconic sports stars and discuss newsworthy and stimulating topics.”

Ferdinand isn’t the first footballer to be approached by a media outlet towards the end of their career, with Gary Neville, mentioned above as well as Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker all involved in the presenting side of football.

Alan Shearer did have a brief spell in management with Newcastle United back in 2009 but him along with several others seem to think that a career in media is a better choice than managerial one.

It’s unclear whether Rio is even considering retiring at the end of the season, but with Frank Lampard, Jamie Carragher John Terry, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs all coming to the end of their footballing career, we could potentially see a lot of new footballing pundits in the next few years.

Jamie Carragher is also another possible pundit that BSkyB and BT are fighting over, but England coach Roy Hodgson believes the Liverpool faithful will turn down the media and continue in football:

“After retirement, I am sure he will march quickly up the coaching ladder and become one of the country’s top young coaches.”

Will Rio make a good pundit? Share your thoughts below.

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Manchester United: 5 Reasons They’ll Win The FA Cup This Year

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The FA Cup rears its exciting and often unpredictable head again this weekend as the teams still involved prepare for their fifth round ties. As unpredictable as the prestigious competition can be however, the vast majority of bookmakers make Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side favorites to lift the trophy in May.

United face Reading at Old Trafford on Monday evening in what should be a fairly straight forward passage to Round Six based on form and with Manchester City and Chelsea the only really credible competition for the team who sit twelve points clear at the top of the Premier League, I present to you five reasons why Manchester United will once again win the oldest club competition in the world.

5. They Are Hungry To Win It Again

It is astonishing to think that it has been nearly nine years since Manchester United last won the FA cup when they beat Millwall 3-0 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Since then they have been runners up twice, to Arsenal in 2005 and Chelsea in 2007 and they still remain the most successful team in the competition’s history with 11 wins.

Knowing how competitive Sir Alex is and how success is woven into the fabric of Manchester United he will be itching to win it for a 12th time and he will be making it perfectly clear that he would love an FA Cup to go with what should be a straightforward 20th Premier League title.

There is also the fact that a few high profile players within the United squad have never won the FA Cup, most notably Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand, so for those players it will be of paramount importance to win such a well loved and respected cup competition.

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