Sport Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos

English champions may have to wait to sign the German star

Transfer news: Manchester United consider move for Romanian youngster Dorian Rotariu

The 18-year-old has been in good form for Dinamo Bucharest this season

Alex Ferguson has a massive ego and still seeks to exert control and power over the club, says Roy Keane

Sir Alex Ferguson has not set out to 'disrupt' David Moyes at Manchester United

The former manager is in the wings only to offer help says former striker Louis Saha

Transfer news: Newcastle United set to take Wilfried Zaha on loan from Manchester United

Alan Pardew keen on St James' Park switch for out of favour youngster

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has been ruled out for up to a month after David Moyes confirmed he suffered a thigh injury

Robin van Persie injury: Manchester United striker ruled out for a month after picking up thigh injury in win over Shakhtar Donetsk

The United star will miss this weekend's encounter with Aston Villa and is a doubt for next month's Premier League tie with Chelsea having only just returned from separate toe and groin injuries

Manchester United manager David Moyes (L) and Manchester United's English midfielder Ashley Young

Manchester United players must take blame, says Ashley Young

The English champions were back to winning ways last night with a 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester United manager David Moyes salutes the home fans after their Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester United victory over Shakhtar Donetsk can boost confidence, claims Alex Buttner

United will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League this weekend against Aston Villa

Roy Keane has slammed Ashley Young's spell at Manchester United as 'not good enough'

Roy Keane says Ashley Young is 'not good enough' and labels Rio Ferdinand performance 'ridiculous' during Manchester United win in Champions League

Keane didn't hold back in laying into his former club after claiming they look more like a collection of individuals rather than a team playing for David Moyes

David Moyes issues instructions to Robin van Persie

David Moyes says Manchester United must 'improve to progress', despite reaching Champions League knock-out stage

United top group despite unconvincing home victory over Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester United manager David Moyes looks on from the touchline

Manchester United analysis: Five reasons why David Moyes has got off to such a bumpy start at Old Trafford

Just why are the champions struggling so much since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson? Ian Herbert investigates

Robin van Persie together with Wayne Rooney

Robin van Persie talks up importance of partnership with Wayne Rooney amid Manchester United woes

The pair have not been able to play together as much as they would have liked so far this term

The Sport Matrix: Monday 9 December 2013

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David Moyes is hoping for light at the end of the tunnel after Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle

Manchester United 0 Newcastle United 1: Alan Pardew praises victory as one of his 'top moments' while David Moyes hopes for light at the end of the tunnel

Magpies secured their first win at Old Trafford since 1972 condemning United and Moyes to back-to-back home defeats in the Premier League

Roberto Martinez: Manager says in Spain teenagers improve by playing in ‘real’ games with men

Manchester United v Everton: Roberto Martinez confident in tactical flexibility of side

The Toffees travel to Old Trafford this evening

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 4 December 2013

England ready to name two spinners for second Test

Ryan Giggs fears the day he is forced to retire from Manchester United duty

The recently-turned 40-year-old admits that he'll know the time is right to hang up his boots when he'll 'feel different'

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