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Manchester United will return for Ander Herrera in summer transfer window - report

Manchester United could return with another bid for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera in summer, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Manchester United could return with another bid for Ander Herrera, according to the Daily Mail. United pursued the Spanish midfielder in the summer transfer window following David Moyes' appointment, but despite some deadline-day shenanigans involving fake lawyers and numerous false reports, no move materialised amid claims United just didn't think he was worth the £26m fee. Apparently, however, United could make another move. Whether this is...
Could Manchester United profit from Sandro's Tottenham Hotspur fallout?

Could Manchester United profit from Sandro's Tottenham Hotspur fallout?

Sandro looks to be at war with Tim Sherwood at everybody's favourite comedy club, Tottenham Hotspur. Is there any chance Manchester United could profit? Sandro seems to be at war with Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, entering a back-and-forth today over an injury he doesn't appear to have and whether or not he's good enough to play in the squad. This has all happened rather publicly over radio and Twitter, and you can read the whole tale on SB Nation's Tottenham Hotspur blog, Cartilage Free Captain. So, could we take advantage here? No doubt Sandro is an excellent player in a position we...
The Busby Babe Apr 18, 2014
Moyes, Everton and unhappy returns

Moyes, Everton and unhappy returns

David Moyes takes his Manchester United side to Everton this weekend, knowing that a defeat could be not just inconvenient but deeply embarrassing. David Moyes doesn't come across as a man prone to daydreams. But if he spent any time at all last summer idly wondering how his return to Goodison Park might go — a respectful round of applause from the whole stadium, perhaps, acknowledged with a wave of the hand and a nod to the director's box; maybe even a small bow; perhaps the hint of a tear; then into the dugout to watch his title-chasing United side romp home in the sunlight — then,...

Mata shows why he should be Player of the Year ahead of Gerrard with his taste in literature

Juan Mata is a fully paid up member of #IReadBooksTwitter, and send a tribute to the late author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. So what have his colleagues been reading? Juan Mata has sent the following tribute to the late author Gabriel Garcia Marquez recently after the writer's passing. One of the greatest has left us. We still have his work RIP Gabriel Garcia Márquez — Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) April 17, 2014 So, we thought it'd be a good time to remind ourselves of what his colleagues like to read. Could this be the reason he didn't fit in at Chelsea? Chelsea captain John Terry...
The Busby Babe Apr 18, 2014

Should Manchester United sell Tom Cleverley?

As Manchester United prepare for a summer of squad change, we take a look at Tom Cleverley, the scurrying midfielder that draws so much abuse. The Manchester United squad is, we are being told, on the verge of a major overhaul. So welcome to The Purge, a new regular series in which the three heads that make up TBB will have their say on those players that are in danger of being ushered out of Old Trafford. The Purge, Episode #1: Tom Cleverley Jack Sargeant Poor Thomas ‘I feel I've been made a scapegoat a little bit' Cleverley. The simple truth is that he's not good enough for United, and...
Manchester United gain huge advantage ahead of Everton clash as Wayne Rooney is passed fit

Manchester United gain huge advantage ahead of Everton clash as Wayne Rooney is passed fit

Manchester United's hopes against Everton have been greatly boosted by the news that Wayne Rooney will return from injury in time to play the game. Wayne Rooney was rumoured to be potentially missing the rest of the season, but it seems that he will in fact be fit to face Everton in what could be a crucial game for both clubs. Moyes confirmed that Rooney's fit for #MUFC trip to #EFC this weekend. Bruising gone down and X-rays of toe shown no damage — Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) April 17, 2014 With Everton having lost to Crystal Palace, the race for fourth is in Arsenal's hands....
The Busby Babe Apr 17, 2014
Pochettino admits Shaw decision out of his hands

Pochettino admits Shaw decision out of his hands

Asked about the rumours that Luke Shaw is about to complete a transfer to Manchester United, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has acknowledged that the matter is beyond his control. It must be a strange life, managing a club in the middle of the Premier League. The big boys above you are constantly attempting to nick off with your best players, and while on the one hand you want them all to stay and play beautiful football together for the betterment of everybody, on the other you know there's very little you can do if the money starts to sing. Take Mauricio Pochettino, manager of...
The Busby Babe Apr 17, 2014

Market reacts ahead of rumoured half-billion pound kit deal

Manchester United shares rose sharply on Wednesday, causing speculation that a mammoth kit deal is on the horizon. Football isn't just about six days of transfer rumours followed by a game. Oh no. There are also unimportant side issues to be written about, like shares, their fluctuating prices, and what those fluctuating prices mean. Those of you that follow these things may be aware that Manchester United's share prices -- 10% of the club is traded on Wall Street as MANU -- rose 8% on Wednesday, ending the day at $17.65 and sparking all manner of speculation as to what was going on. Over...
The Busby Babe Apr 17, 2014
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Moyes "under pressure" to reach Europa League

It is being reported that the Glazer family, stung by United's European exit, are insisting that the team qualify for the Europa League. Interesting stuff over on ESPN, from the always-worth-reading Miguel Delaney. According to his sources, the Glazers are insisting that David Moyes and Manchester United make every effort to push for Europa League qualification. While sources say the manager has not been given anything like an ultimatum, reaching European competition is now seen by the club's owners as a major target for the remainder of the season. This isn't because Joel Glazer has...
The Busby Babe Apr 17, 2014
Those Reus-hearts-United quotes? Yeah, they were made up.

Those Reus-hearts-United quotes? Yeah, they were made up.

Surprise! Apparently Borussia Dortmund's players haven't been sitting around chatting about how lovely it would be to move to Manchester United. As conscientious United-supporting citizens of the internet, doubtless you heard at some point yesterday that Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund's extravagantly talented attacking midfielder, spends his free time dreaming of a move to Old Trafford. At least, that's according to his former teammate Mario Götze. Perhaps you heard it from the Manchester Evening News, or the Mirror, or the Daily Mail. Fine, august organs, one and all. Embarrassing that...
The Busby Babe Apr 16, 2014
Agent: Toni Kroos isn't going anywhere

Agent: Toni Kroos isn't going anywhere

Speaking to the German press, Toni Kroos' agent has stated that his client will be staying in Bavaria for next season. Hello! Hello! How are you? Welcome to the Busby Babe, your unofficial home of all things Toni Kroos! Boy, have we got a show for you! Coming up, we'll have a feature on Toni's favourite Disney films, and we'll be learning how to make a portrait of his face using only pasta shapes, Later, TBB will be crossing live to Munich to check up on Toni's movements: he may, we're hearing, have gone to the shop to buy milk. Milk! I'm sure you're as excited as we are to learn whether...
The Busby Babe Apr 15, 2014
Carvalho to United a

Carvalho to United a "done deal", again

Once more, reports are claiming that United have completed a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon's young midfielder It's not just Toni Kroos rumours we're reheating today, oh no. Sporting Lisbon's young moustachioed midfield prospect William Carvalho is back on the radar as well. Good times. According to Talksport: United have already agreed a fee of around £35million with Sporting Lisbon and finalised terms with the midfielder on a five-year contract, although the deal will not be made official until the transfer window opens. The signing of Carvalho, who is set to feature for Portugal in this...
The Busby Babe Apr 15, 2014

Three United players fined after night out

Following the defeat to Bayern Munich, several United players went out to drown their sorrows, and have been fined by the club as a result. Hello, and welcome to this week's episode of Things That Happen In And Around Football That Don't Make Much Sense To TBB. Today we're talking about smiling. Specifically, smiling and drinking. Specifically, smiling and drinking and dancing and being photographed in the process, despite having just lost to Bayern Munich, in the manner of Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley. The photographs of United players "dancing in the street just hours after Bayern...
The Busby Babe Apr 15, 2014

United reportedly offering Kroos a medium-sized fortune

According to the Guardian, the club are pressing ahead with their attempts to sign the German midfielder and are willing to offer him a gargantuan contract. We've reached the point with the Toni Kroos transfer saga — is there anything longer than a saga? Epic? Geologic age? Epoch? — where, should the unthinkable happen and should he actually move to Old Trafford, everybody will already be vaguely sick of the sight of him. Transfers that come out of the blue are always exciting; transfers that drag on for ages, on the other hand, just end up being annoying. Until then, there is...
The Busby Babe Apr 14, 2014

Remembering Ryan Giggs' wondergoal, fifteen years on

It's fifteen years to the day since Manchester United and Arsenal played the last ever FA Cup semi-final replay, and Ryan Giggs scored one of the great FA Cup goals. Fifteen years ago today, Manchester United and Arsenal met at Villa Park to replay the FA Cup semi-final. The first game had ended 0-0; the second was one of the greatest cup games of modern times. It had everything. David Beckham opening the scoring with a great goal that rather gets forgotten, a looping thirty-yard thump that did David Seaman in flight. Dennis Bergkamp equalised with twenty minutes to go, and then a few...
The Busby Babe Apr 14, 2014

Rio Ferdinand wants to continue playing, would like to stay at United

The central defender, widely assumed to be leaving Old Trafford in the summer, has indicated that he would like to stay for another year. Without a game over the weekend, things have been pretty quiet on the United front. But Rio Ferdinand's been keeping busy, and the 35-year-old part-time fashion designer, part-time record label mogul, part-time central defender decided, at the invitation of BT Sport, to try a spot of punditry. His views on the FA Cup semi-final need not detain us here (and with eight goals, there wasn't much in the way of defending going on). But when the conversation got...
The Busby Babe Apr 12, 2014

Manchester United reportedly meet with David Moyes' potential successor

United representatives have reportedly sounded out Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal over the prospect of replacing David Moyes. According to a report in the Mirror this morning, Manchester United representatives -- including one of the Glazers -- met with the Netherlands' departing national team coach Louis van Gaal at "a secret location in Europe" over the last couple of days, over the prospect of him replacing David Moyes at Old Trafford. The 62-year-old has been strongly linked with taking over at Tottenham Hotspur next season, though the delay in any confirmation could well be...

Were Manchester United "cheating their manager" against Bayern Munich?

Manchester United were good but not great against Bayern Munich, but why has their European form been so different to their performances on the domestic stage, and has the game changed anything for David Moyes? Speaking to a Celtic fan about last season's victory over Barcelona, the dejected supporter had chosen to refer to it as "That wonderful night I now wish had never happened." For him, the triumph and the glory had now been overshadowed by it rendering the limited Neil Lennon as virtually unsackable, with all the subsequent misery that would follow. Manchester United's clash against...
The Busby Babe Apr 11, 2014

Chances of Kroos moving to United "remote"

According to reports, the German midfielder will not be moving to Old Trafford any time soon. Stunning news from Bavaria. Despite everything — despite the photos of David Moyes talking to agents; the stories of the player having said goodbye to his friends; the rumoured £40m fee and £200k/week wages; the fervid dreams of a fanbase desperate for a midfielder who can pass and shoot without falling over — it appears that Manchester United have accepted that their chances of signing Toni Kroos are "remote". At least, that's according to the Guardian's Jamie Jackson. Apparently, Kroos...
The Busby Babe Apr 11, 2014

United preseason friendly against Real Madrid sells out in minutes

A preseason fixture against Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, Michigan has sold out within an hour, but there are fears that the game could clash with a potential Europa League qualifier. Tickets for Manchester United's preseason friendly against Real Madrid, to be played on August 2 at the 'Big House', Ann Arbor, Michigan, have sold out thirty-three minutes after going on sale. The game is expected to break the attendance record for a football game in the United States, which is currently the 101,799 people who gathered in the Pasadena Rose Bowl to watch France defeat Brazil 2-0 in the 1984...

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