Mourinho has backing of Man United fans and club, says Moyes

first_imgMoyes, who succeeded Alex Ferguson in 2013, was dumped by United while in the first year of a six-year contract and his replacement, Louis van Gaal, was axed after winning the FA Cup.But the former Everton boss said he believed United would give Mourinho time even though they are languishing in eighth spot in the Premier League.“I think the club are firmly behind the manager, and he’s been a winner, Jose, throughout his career, so I don’t see why that should suddenly change,” the Scot, 55, told Britain’s Press Association.“It was a great result — any team that comes from 2-0 down. But the one thing that happens at Old Trafford is the crowd gets right behind you, and is always supportive of the manager and the players.”Derby manager Frank Lampard, who recently masterminded a League Cup victory at Old Trafford and played under Mourinho at Chelsea, believes that after Saturday’s comeback the onus should be on the players to raise their standards.“Sometimes things are hard and you have to make difficult decisions, try and influence people around you, influence your players to try and get the best out of them,” he said. “I think he’s got all those attributes so I hope that it turns around for him.”Former United captain Wayne Rooney, who now plays in the United States, has also called on the players to stand up and be counted, saying Mourinho is an easy target.“The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season,” the D.C. United player said in comments reported by Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.“I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Manchester United boss David Moyes believes current manager Jose Mourinho (pictured) still has the backing of the club and its fans © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 9 – Former Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Jose Mourinho retains the full backing of the club and their supporters despite a poor start to the Premier League season.Mourinho reportedly faced the sack regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s fixture with Newcastle but is still in position after the team roared back to win 3-2 after trailing 2-0.last_img read more

Man United marquee striker signing: Kane, Lewandowski and three more fantastic forwards on the radar

first_img 5 5 1. Harry Kane – The Tottenham striker proved himself to be an old-fashioned poacher last season. Many of his 21 goals came from inside the 18-yard box, drawing comparisons to the way former Red Ruud van Nistelrooy used to play. However, no club relishes doing business with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, particularly Manchester United. Ed Woodward may want to save his strength for negotiating a move for Hugo Lloris if David De Gea leaves. 5 2. Karim Benzema – The Real Madrid frontman has been linked with a move to Old Trafford every summer since he rejected Sir Alex Ferguson’s overtures in 2009. He often gets overlooked when talking about the Spanish side’s superstars and with suggestions Cristiano Ronaldo could be set for more of a central role this season, Benzema could be on the move. Real Madrid and Manchester United have a strong recent history of transfers between them and negotiations would certainly be easier than any with Tottenham. 4. Robert Lewandowski – Again, it will be difficult to clinch a deal as a result of Rummenigge’s comments but the Polish striker’s agent did not completely close the door. He said it would take a fee in excess of £35m and his client would be open to a move to the Premier League. Lewandowski probably represents the best option for United and would arguably take the least amount of time to settle into the Premier League (apart from Kane, obviously). 5 5 Manchester United have hit the ground running with their transfer activity this summer with four new recruits already through the door at Old Trafford.However, there have also been a number of exits leaving Wayne Rooney as the only senior striker in the squad following the departures of Robin van Persie and Ramadel Falcao.Originally, it looked like a two-way shootout between Edinson Cavani and Christian Benteke for Rooney’s new strike partner.But these targets look unlikely now, with Liverpool set to meet the Belgian’s £32.5m buyout clause and fans uncertain about whether Cavani is the man to lead the Red Devils to a 21st title.So who else is on Louis van Gaal’s radar? talkSPORT investigates the options … 3. Thomas Muller – Another player who has been linked with United a lot over the last few years. While not an out-and-out striker in the conventional sense, the German is a proven goalscorer, as well as a player who can perform in every attacking role on the pitch and would easily be able to work around Rooney, Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata and Memphis Depay. However, securing his services could be difficult with Bayern Munich not willing to help strengthen a Champions League rival. When revealing Bastian Schweinsteiger’s move to United, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said “I can reassure all the fans – we will not be selling another player to Manchester United”. 5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – On the surface this sounds more like fan fiction than fact but there is some plausibility in the move. Ibrahimovic is 33 years old and has played in all of Europe’s top leagues, except the Premier League and Bundesliga. There were reports in March of this year suggesting the Sweden international could well be on his way to Old Trafford. However, with Van Gaal trimming the wage bill with the departures of big earners such as Nani, Robin van Persie and Falcao, Ibrahimovic would have to take a pay cut from his current £200,000 a week contract.last_img read more