If there is something like a disarming admission, then what David Moyes said in Yohohama must be it. The manager said that:
- Ed Woodward had received a response for the initial bid.
- The CEO has made a second, improved bid.
- There may be a time when the deal becomes impossible, but now is not that.
- He is not on top of the deal - he's indicated he wants Cesc and the United Machine has whirred into action.
- Moyes is not personally handling this deal, and
- He seems quite forthright that it may not happen at all.
- United have presumably been sufficiently encouraged by the player/club's response to return with another bid.
- The manager is clearly not planning his transfer activity around this player - a person who admits it may not happen must surely have a contingency plan (internal or external) up his sleeve (right?).
- Finally, it is entirely possible that by answering the Cesc questions fairly and clearly, the manager keeps the public eye away from more lucrative dealings (a man can dream...)