Off the field though, United have been grabbing enough of the headlines. Firstly with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson rallying to the cause midweek saying Moyes was still the man for the United job. Then, today as reported in the Sunday Mirror the it looks like United are prepared to go the full mile in an effort to retain Wayne Rooney.
It was reported that United are ready to commit a staggering £65million in wages to keep Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford for the next four years.
The champions will give the England superstar assurances that the reported £200million war chest that has been handed to manager David Moyes will fund a red revolution.
The Sunday Mirror said they 'understand that United are weighing up £20million-plus offers for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye and Southampton left-back Luke Shaw before Friday’s deadline.'
Rooney's new contract would make him the highest-paid footballer in the Premier League with a basic wage of more than £300,000 a week.
Those terms will bring him in line with the two stellar names in the world game, in Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
United are making £37million capture of Juan Mata from Chelsea in a bid to rescue a season that has represented a spectacular fall from grace. And their hierarchy are ready to stress to Rooney that the club’s owners, the Glazers, are committed to competing for the best players in the world. More funds will be released.
The Reds are also aware of Rooney’s global status as a major reason why top players would join United despite their current slide in form and fortunes.
An Old Trafford source said: “Signing Juan Mata is a major step forward – but it is also a signal of intent for the future. There is now an acceptance at the club that the squad needs a major overhaul and money will be made available for David Moyes to do just that.
“Securing the future of Wayne Rooney is an important part of the plan and proves that we will push the boundaries in terms of wages for the right player.”
According to the Mirror, Rooney’s discontent under Ferguson last season was compounded in the summer by United’s inability to secure deals for players such as Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera and Leighton Baines.
His head was turned by interest from Chelsea and the chance to work under Jose Mourinho. But Moyes was able to convince the England star not to hand in a transfer request and Rooney’s restlessness has been soothed by the club’s determination not to sell him at any price.
Rooney, though, still wants assurances that there will be no more false promises.