Juan Mata believes that Manchester United still have the ability to sign the world’s best talent, according to the Daily Star.
The Spain international became the clubs all time record signing when he completed a £37.1m move from Chelsea during the January transfer window, and is confident that players of his calibre can follow him into Old Trafford.
David Moyes has no fresh injury concerns ahead of this evening’s Capital One Cup quarter final clash with Stoke City.
Darren Fletcher may again be involved after making his comeback in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Aston Villa.
Manchester City and Sunderland both went through to the semi-finals last night, while managerless Tottenham Hotspur host West Ham United in this evening’s other match.
Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, beating Aston Villa 3-0 at Villa Park.
Danny Welbeck doubled his league goals tally for the season with two quick fire goals in the first half, before Tom Cleverley put the result beyond doubt seven minutes into the second half.
Manchester United will be hoping to close the gap between them and leaders Arsenal when the pair lock horns at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
The champions are currently eight points behind the Gunners, who are unbeaten since they lost to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, while United have already lost three times in the Premier League.
Manchester United will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions as they travel to Fulham in the Premier League tomorrow afternoon.
David Moyes’ is set to rotate his squad again after making changes for the 4-0 win over Norwich City in the League Cup fourth round last time out though Danny Welbeck (knee) remains unavailable.
Central defensive duo Rio Ferdinad and Nemanja Vidic are both doubtful for this evening’s visit of Real Sociedad.
Both missed the 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend with minor knocks, with Phil Jones and Jonny Evans deputising.
Tom Cleverley may also miss out as he struggles to recover from a calf injury, while Danny Welbeck missed the final training session ahead of the game.
However, the club have been boosted by the availability of midfielder Adnan Januzaj, who has been added to the Champions League squad as a home grown player having missed the win over Bayer Leverkusen and draw at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Three points here would see David Moyes’ men strengthen their position at the top of Group A ahead of the return match in Sociedad in a fortnight’s time.
Elsewhere, Darren Fletcher has returned to training, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Scotland international has played just thirteen times since being diagnosed with a chronic bowel condition in December 2011, with his last game coming in the 4-3 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day last year.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has also hinted that he may be nearing an international recall, after revealing that he had a positive phone conversation with the 29 year old.
Manchester United will be looking to break into the top four with victory over local rivals Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
David Moyes’ men go into the game on the back of their 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen, and will be hoping for a repeat of last season’s success at the Etihad Stadium.
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Manchester United have been handed a favourable draw in the group stages of this seasons Champions League.
The Premier League champions will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad; with their campaign beginning against the Bundesliga side at Old Trafford on September 17th.
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David Moyes has said that the club are continuing in their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, Sky Sports understands.
The Premier League champions have seen two bids for the 26 year old rejected by the Catalan club, who recently appointed Gerardo Martino as their new manager.
Manchester United are thought to be on the verge of completing the £17million signing of Spanish sensation Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona.
The Daily Mail understands that the Premier League champions have agreed a £5m-a-year deal with the 22 year old, to beat the likes of rivals Manchester City and Chelsea to his signature.