Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Here Are Your Starters for 10! ; DAVID Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini Have Had Time to Settle into Their New Jobs and Preparations Are Well Underway for What Promises to Be an Enthralling Premier League Campaign. but with the New Season Rapidly Approaching, the United and City Bosses Still Have a Host of Pressing Matters to Attend to. Here M.E.N. Sport's JAMES ROBSON and ROB DAWSON Look at 10 Key Issues Facing Moyes and Pellegrini before the Big Kick-Off

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Here Are Your Starters for 10! ; DAVID Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini Have Had Time to Settle into Their New Jobs and Preparations Are Well Underway for What Promises to Be an Enthralling Premier League Campaign. but with the New Season Rapidly Approaching, the United and City Bosses Still Have a Host of Pressing Matters to Attend to. Here M.E.N. Sport's JAMES ROBSON and ROB DAWSON Look at 10 Key Issues Facing Moyes and Pellegrini before the Big Kick-Off

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WHAT'S CLOGGING UP MOYES' INBOX...

CESC FABREGAS UNITED'S pursuit of the former Arsenal captain is "ongoing", according to Moyes, but it is already turning into a saga. He cannot allow it to become a repeat of Sir Alex Ferguson's failed bid to bring Wesley Sneijder to Old Trafford two years ago - and may have to move onto other targets if the deal stalls for much longer.

WAYNE ROONEY THE Premier League champions continue to play hardball with their wantaway striker and Moyes insists he is not for sale. Realistically he cannot afford to keep an unhappy player - but big question is whether he can keep him out of the hands of Chelsea. Allowing Rooney to join one of United's main rivals could be suicide unless of course he lands Gareth Bale - or Ronaldo.

LEIGHTON BAINES UNITED have already had one bid of around Pounds 12m rejected for the England international and it has been surprising how long they have waited before returning with another. Moyes is desperate to make his first notable signing and clearly believes Baines can be a valuable addition. It's time to stump up the cash to land the man voted the best left back in the Premier League last season.

MAROUANE FELLAINI ANOTHER player Moyes is deliberating over, but he is running out of time to land the giant Belgian whose Pounds 23m release clause expires at the end of the month. United's interest is largely dependent on Moyes' success in his pursuit of other midfield targets - another reason why he can't allow the Fabregas situation to drag on. MIND GAMES JOSE Mourinho is clearly in a mischievous mood when it comes to Rooney. The Chelsea manager's well-placed comments this summer have only intensified the scrutiny on the United striker's future. Moyes has so far played a straight bat, but United fans would love to see him turn the tables on the Special One with some Fergie-esque mind games of his own.

SHINJI KAGAWA UNITED didn't see the best of the Japanese playmaker last season, but Moyes will be hoping for a lot more from a man who starred in the Bundesliga with Dortmund. With Rooney's expected departure, Kagawa will need to hit the ground running when deployed in the hole behind Robin van Persie.

YOUNG GUNS MOYES' search for midfield reinforcements will place question marks over Tom Cleverley's development. Meanwhile Danny Welbeck will want more opportunities in an orthodox striking role as he bids to become Roy Hodgson's first choice forward for next summer's World Cup. Moyes says he will stay true to United's traditions of developing youth and must find a way to get the best out of these two.

PHIL JONES TIPPED as a future England captain and potentially the greatest player in United's history, Moyes must now decide what is the best position for the versatile 21-year-old. Jones believes central defence is where his future lies, but his best performances in a United shirt have come when deployed in a man-marking role. In a World Cup year, it could be vital for club and country that he manages to hold down a regular berth in the team.

COMMUNITY SHIELD IT may be a glorified friendly, but it is a chance to pick up his first piece of silverware as United manager. In truth, Moyes in on a hiding to nothing in the season's traditional curtain-raiser. He will be expected to win comfortably against relegated Wigan - anything else will be viewed as a huge embarrassment for the Reds.

FLYING START THE new Premier League fixture list has present Moyes with a baptism of fire. An opening day victory at Swansea is an absolute must considering that United must then face Chelsea, Liverpool and City in three of their next four league games. …

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