MUFC IN THE MEDIA (19/03/14)
20 Mar, 2014 4:54 PM GMT
The day of United's clash with Olympiacos, the media was bound to be going crazy. Is Moyes the man? Is he not the man? Is this his last game in charge or will this even effect his career? All media outlets yesterday, as Van Persie shut them up and booked United their place in the Champions League quarter finals.
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley told The Guardian that Roberto Martinez is much more tactical than Moyes, potentially putting the United manager under some pressure. Ross said: "He's similar to David Moyes as they both like to take over the training session and be the main man, but Martínez is more tactical. We do a lot more tactical work which is good for me because I'm young and still learning." This was shortly after Under 18 coach Kevin Sheedy mocked Moyes for his lack of interest in the Everton youth team during his time at Goodison Park.
Some news all United fans will be happy to hear, Moyes confirmed after last nights dominant performance; that Van Persie's injury is not serious. The Dutch was stretchered off the pitch in the dying embers of the game, worrying United fans after such a brilliant performance. Speaking to Sky Sports, Moyes said: "It doesn't look that bad. It may have been just a knee in the back." Good news, as we need performances from him like last night to continue throughout the rest of the season.
Some may say ambitious, but it's an opinion I share with David Moyes; after last nights masterclass; the Scot believes Manchester United can win the Champions League. Moyes told Sky Sports: "I suppose we’ll be the underdogs in the draw, but I genuinely believe this club of is capable of doing it." According to the bookies, United are the most unlikely to win the Champions League, Moyes claimed they can emulate unfancied Liverpool in 2005 and Chelsea in 2012 by going all the way. The Scot added; "If we show our capabilities, which we haven’t done too often this season, we can be a match for any team. We were disappointed after the first game, losing 2-0, and it gave us a big job to turn it around, but we managed to do it in this game." If we receive another round of luck in the draw, and avoid drawing Madrid, Barca or Munich; we're in with a fighting chance.
Speaking about Munich, Xherdan Shaqiri's brother claims the Bayern Munich star could move to Liverpool or Manchester United this summer. The Swiss is yet to receive a certified spot in the German side, and could seek a move away from the Allianz; with United and Liverpool interested - according to his brother. Xherdan's brother Erdin, told Swiss newspaper 'Blick': He told Swiss newspaper Blick: "Xherdan is 22. At this age, he needs to be playing regularly, which is not currently the case. We are waiting now until summer. Then, when clubs make approaches such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Inter Milan and other top clubs, we can listen to their offers. That said, Bayern still remains our first point of contact before we talk to other clubs." So a move for the Swiss may be a part of Moyes' plan, but do we really need another winger?
Some more transfer news, as Manchester United are confident on Seamus Coleman transfer as they push ahead with a £15million move for the full-back. According to The Mirror, David Moyes has been given the green light by the United board, and will raid the club for the full-back. However, a piece later in the Mirror told us that Everton are planning a new Seamus Coleman contract to block transfer interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City. Martinez wants the Irish at the club for many years, and hopes to secure his signature on a new contract, sending clubs away from the full-back.
Some confidence by Moyes by former Everton skipper David Weir, as he told talkSPORT that David Moyes has all the right credentials to succeed as Manchester United manager, but just needs to be given “time and support” by the club. Moyes is confident about his future, and it seems a fair few big figures in football share the same viewpoint.
To finish off with some transfer news, possibly the ideal replacement for Nemanja this summer; Freiburg centre-back Matthias Ginter. The German international is linked with a £10 million move to Old Trafford this summer, after proving he's got the credentials to play in the Premier League.