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Current Manchester United manager David Moyes believes the team are beginning to emerge from the shadow of his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson, reports Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph among others.
The former Everton boss endured a difficult start to the Premier League season, but has since guided United to six successive wins in all competitions.
The Scot is now convinced the players are gearing up for an assault on the title in the second half of the season:
The challenge is now, ‘Well, hey, we’re not in the position we should be, let’s get back to where we want to be’.
I do think they’ve got the bit between their teeth at the moment and I want that to continue week in, week out.
We’re definitely in it, but we’ve got a long way to catch up. We’re not breathing down the necks of the teams above us at the moment, and we’ve got to try to get a wee bit closer, because once we get in that position, people will know exactly what Manchester United are capable of.
On the subject of Ferguson, Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail highlights the successful retirement the former United boss is enjoying.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace remain hopeful of bringing Wilfried Zaha back to Selhurst Park on loan this month, according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
Galatasaray and Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been told United will not be making a transfer move for him this month, reports Rob Beasley of The Sun (subscription required).
Moyes is planning a £20 million raid for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required).