NEW Manchester United manager David Moyes will snap up Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini from his former club Everton as soon as he becomes Manchester United manager on July 1 – according to one newspaper this morning.
In fact, there are quite a few newspapers speculating that he will sign one or the other. But the truth is, these journalists haven’t a clue.
Only 48-hours ago they didn’t have a notion that Sir Alex Ferguson would be retiring, then they weren’t certain it was Moyes who would be offered the hotseat. But now miraculously, without a word said to the media by Moyes – these hacks now know that he wants to bring Fellaini and Baines with him to Old Trafford. How these journalists expect anyone to believe they are ‘in the know’ in these circumstances is offensive. It’s just plainly guess work.
Of course, there is a decent chance that Baines could follow Moyes to Manchester. The full-back has been linked with United for the past two summers and the Reds do need cover in the left-back area with Alex Buttner not highly thought of as the man to succeed Patrice Evra in that area of the pitch. Baines’ current Toffees deal runs out in two years’ time, but it is understood he has a buy-out clause, and Moyes would obviously be aware of this. United signing Baines wouldn’t be a huge surprise, no matter who the manager was.
The Fellaini link doesn’t ring true really. The Belgian is likely to be on the move this summer, but Chelsea have been courting his services for a year now. He is not likely to suit the style of play expected at Old Trafford and Moyes bringing him in could cause immediate unrest with the fans. However, what must be noted here about all these newspaper reports is that not one of the papers reporting this morning that Moyes will bring in Baines or Fellaini – or both – has any proof at all that these moves will happen.
The truth is, this is all just guess work from some really lazy journalists who love nothing better than sitting around their offices adding 2+2 together and just making up answers. Nobody knew Moyes would be United manager 48-hours ago, but now suddenly, despite not talking to the man at all, these reporters all know his summer plans for taking United forward. It’s a joke that these guys expect their readers to fall for this kind of reporting.
Even if Baines (likely) or Fellaini (unlikely) end up at Old Trafford this summer – make no mistake about it – this morning’s reports offer no heads up and are blatantly just made up.