There’s no reason not to be happy on this fine Friday morning if you’re a Manchester United fan.
The sun is shining-ish, United are just one point behind Arsenal in third place in the Premier League - the Gunners do have a game in hand - and of course, it’s Friday! That means within two days Louis van Gaal’s men will saddle up to take on Everton at Goodison Park, but it also means there’s pre-weekend news in abundance.
Today we’ve got it all. Well not really, but most of it. Former managers chipping in their two cents, transfer rumours sure to excite and even rumours of some secret talks that aren’t actually so secret at all.
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Moyes on Fellaini
First and foremost we start with some words from Old Trafford legend David Moyes. What do you mean he’s not a legend? I’m choosing to ignore that claim. Anyway, the former United boss, who so spectacularly failed before shipping off to Real Sociedad, has offered his take on why Marouane Fellaini was so poor under him and yet has been so effective under his successor.
The Scot implied that he believed the big Belgian would have been better for him had he not been the only signing of his first transfer window in charge. Moyes tried and failed and secure a number of targets during the summer of 2013, but Fellaini was ultimately alone in joining his revolution.
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"It was a big move for him, it was a big move following me and being the only signing made it even more difficult," Moyes said.
"We wanted to bring in other players and the recruitment didn't work the way we wanted it to and, ideally, we wouldn't have made Fellaini our one and only signing if we could have helped it.
"But I am not surprised at Fellaini [now] because I thought he had made a big impact on England over the years."
Next up word on die strasse is that Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan is expected to join United this summer as part of the fallout from Jurgen Klopp’s exit. The Dortmund coach has already signalled his intention to leave, prompting talk that a host of the club’s brightest talents will now abandon them.
With Gundogan’s contract due to expire next summer Dortmund are likely to want to cash in on him now before they risk losing him for free, and he might not be the only player arriving at Old Trafford from the Signal Iduna Park.
Lastly Memphis Depay has reportedly flown to England today to conduct talks over a possible move to Manchester United.
The 21-year-old has a staunch admirer in Van Gaal and is expected to leave PSV this summer, though with plenty of details to be thrashed out it’s believed the two parties are looking to tie up formalities early on.
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