Talking in part of his England career following a comeback to international duty after years away, Ashley Young has said that he never gave up on his time at Manchester United. Young was disappointing for much of his time under Alex Ferguson, and along with everyone else was useless under David Moyes. There was hope that Louis van Gaal would bin him, but he successfully linked up with Marouane Fellaini, and proved that he was an adequate performer as a left-back and as a left wing-back. So it has proved under Jose Mourinho, who has kept him on in preference to both Daley Blind and Luke Shaw for much of the season.
Moyes is back in the news as he gets back to work at West Ham, following poor efforts at Sunderland, Real Sociedad and United, and if you want to relive the horrors of a few years ago, you can watch his inspirational efforts here.
United are rumoured to be in the market for Gremio’s attacking midfielder Arthur. There is competition from top European clubs, but given (I assume from his name) he has strong English heritage, surely they have the edge on their rivals this time. Neither Henrikh Mkhitaryan nor Juan Mata have made a compelling case to be considered as the ideal playmaker.
Speaking of signings that aren’t going to happen, the second greatest living Frenchman Patrice Evra might soon leave Marseille after kicking a fan in the head. United could use him, even if he is well, well off the pace from his best years. But some things are more important than actually winning games.
And lastly, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has told his current international player and former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku to stick to his usual approach. There is no doubt Lukaku does well when given the right service, but he has to aim to improve for many more years to come.