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Moyes Tightlipped On Transfers As Manchester United Draw 1-1 Against AIK

posted 7 Aug 2013, 03:43 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 7 Aug 2013, 03:44 ]

Manchester United coach remains tight-lipped about possible transfers as his team draws 1-1 against Stockholm team AIK in a pre-season friendly.

 STOCKHOLMSWEDEN (AUGUST 6, 2013)(REUTERS) -  Manchester United ended their pre-season tour with a 1-1 draw against AIK in Stockholmat the Friends Arena on Tuesday (August 6).

After a goalless first half, AIK broke the deadlock when midfielder Robin Quaison scored with a fine strike past substitute goalkeeper Ben Amos in the 49th minute.

But the Premier League champions equalised in the 68th minute through Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez, who latched onto Wilfried Zaha's cross.

After the match, Manchester United's new manager David Moyes said the game had been a good work-out and that he was happy team captain Nemanja Vidic, who has struggled with sciatica, had played 90 minutes.

"We've got three games this week so we're going to try and make sure we utilise all the players and it was good to get some of them 90 minutes tonight especially Nemanja Vidic and Robin (van Persie) get 90 minutes so for those two especially it was a good work-out," Moyes said at the post-match news conference.

England striker Wayne Rooney did not travel to Stockholm because of a shoulder problem he picked up in a behind-closed-doors match at the weekend.

Moyes said he didn't think Rooney would be away for long.

"I don't think it will keep him out very long. He's got a shoulder injury which when he fell on it in a game the other day there," he said.

Rooney has been the subject of transfer speculation since retired United manager Alex Fergusonsaid at the end of last season Rooney had asked to leave the club.

On Monday (August 5), Manchester United said it had rejected a second offer from rivals Chelsea who had tabled an improved bid having had an initial cash offer rebuffed last month.

According to recent media reports, Rooney has been 'angry and confused' with his situation at United after comments from Moyes that suggested he was a backup in attack to Robin van Persie.

But at the news conference Moyes remained tight-lipped about the forward and also about the club's offer for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas.

He was happier to talk about his team and said he had a good squad but it was too early to decide in what form the team was.

"Well, you can never decide until the season starts, that's when you find out. So we look forward to it, this is the champions of England. A couple of months ago we finished champions of England so we look forward to get into the season with them. We have some terrific players and you know I think we have a good squad as well," he said.

During the match two players - Jonny Evans and Nani - limped off but Moyes said injuries were not a serious problem.

"Well, I don't think that...none of them are nothing serious. A lot of them are just protection, looking after the players, just making sure that we don't make anything any worse so it's this time of year, pre-season, it (injuries) tends to happen. And we've tried to manage the players well and in fact we think we've done very well with the players during pre-season. They're in good condition, and yes, we've had one or two small injuries but nothing serious," Moyes said.

Moyes said he was pleased with the match and thought AIK had played well.

"I thought they done well, I thought one or two of their players played very well, there was a period in the first half they had some good moments. We had some great chances early on to be in front but you know it was a good enough game. The second half, we should have probably scored more goals, we didn't take our chances, but we still had a good work-out and it was a good game so I was pleased with the game," he said.

Manchester United's last pre-season friendly will be against Sevilla at Old Trafford on Friday (August 9). They then will play FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 11.

Their opening Premier League match is away to Swansea City on August 17.