Manchester United keeping tabs on Messi - Balague

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Manchester United, who dispensed with manager David Moyes this morning after an ill-fated 10 months in charge, are reportedly keeping tabs on Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague writes in his AS column that United officials have been tipped off that all is not well at the Nou Camp for Messi.

The Argentine international is reportedly becoming frustrated at Barca's predicament in La Liga, with the club under the cloud of a transfer ban and performances on the pitch hitting new lows.

They scraped a 2-1 win at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday night, thanks to a Messi free-kick in the second half, but the forward believes he's taking all the flak for the below-par displays while his teammates get an easy ride.

Big summer signing Neymar has not received the same level of scrutiny as Messi, who has failed to match the stunning heights of his 2012 calendar year largely due to injuries.

Barcelona as a club have also stuttered this season, with speculation mounting that Tata Martino, a close friend of Messi, could be shown the exit door at the Nou Camp at the end of the season.

And according to Balague, Manchester United are "seeking information" as to Messi's current situation in Spain.

The report fails to elaborate as to what that actually involves, whether that's speaking to the player or the club. But it caps a pretty mad 24 hours for United.

Speculation over Moyes's future reached fever pitch yesterday afternoon, and Sir Alex Ferguson's hand-picked successor was ushered out by Ed Woodward earlier this morning.

And now they've been linked with Messi? It's not the first time Messi has been linked with a move, with PSG and Manchester City linked at various points this season. In fact, it was just last week that the Manchester Evening News mentioned City, Messi and a €250m bid in the same headline.

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