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Manchester United manager David Moyes. Picture credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Manchester United manager David Moyes. Picture credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Manchester United manager David Moyes. Picture credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

MANCHESTER UNITED manager David Moyes is digging deep into his reserves of patience, by insisting the club's bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is "ongoing."

United have made a second bid, believed to be in the region of £30m with add-ons, and Barcelona are seriously considering the offer.

But the final say will rest with Barca's new manager Gerardo Martino, who will be officially unveiled as the club's head coach tomorrow.

That means Moyes will have to wait even longer before the Catalans decide to accept or turn down United's improved offer.

In a press conference in Osaka this morining, Moyes confirmed there had been no further developments in United's attempt to sign Fabregas, saying: "It is ongoing."

The Red Devils boss has also confirmed Robin van Persie will play some part in tomorrow's friendly with Cerezo Osaka.

Van Persie was taken off as a precaution during Tuesday's defeat in Yokohama after feeling a tightness in his thigh.

The injury prompted a stinging attack from former Wales coach Raymond Verheijen, who recalling Moyes' previous claim he had "overtrained" Van Persie during United's week in Australia, said such training regimes were out of Jurassic Park.

It seems the comments were overblown, with Van Persie set to play in the fourth match of United's pre-season tour.

"It was just a precaution," said Moyes. "I expect he will play tomorrow."

Moyes confirmed Michael Carrick's tight groin was getting easier but the midfielder is unlikely to be risked.

And there was good news surrounding four of the players United opted to leave at home.

"There was a practice match at the training ground the other day in which Nemanja Vidic, Antonio Valencia and Nani all got some playing time," he said.

Conditions

"Wayne Rooney is running and is probably at the level we would have thought he would be.

"He has picked up his work again this week."

With conditions in Osaka even hotter than Yokohama, Moyes is set to abandon his policy of giving players extended periods of time on the pitch in an effort to conserve their energy.

"It's very hot and the conditions are difficult for players from our country," said Moyes.

"I hope we'll benefit from playing in these conditions when we get home but we may need to use all of our players tomorrow night to make sure they don't lose too much weight or fluid because I am sure it will be very hot again."

With two defeats from three games it has not exactly been the best of tours results-wise for Moyes as yet.

However, the form of Jesse Lingard, currently top scorer with three, and Adnan Januzaj has caught the eye.

And rather than send them out on loan, which had been established policy under Alex Ferguson, Moyes is considering whether to keep them at Old Trafford to allow them to continue their development.

"Both have done well," said Moyes.

"They have adapted well and made contributions to the team.

"It's a tradition at United to try and get young players into the team and both have come through the system.

"Hopefully we can get both some playing time next season but both need to keep their levels up and keep making an impact in training and games."

 

BATTLE

Meanwhile, Jonny Evans believes he has become a football obsessive in order to make sure he does not get left behind in the battle for a first-team spot at United.

Since the severity of Rio Ferdinand's muscular complaints first began to surface in 2008, Evans has gradually edged further up the Red Devils hierarchy. By last season, former manager Alex Ferguson said he regarded Evans as a first-choice member of his side, with Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic his partner depending upon the opponent.

Yet, with Phil Jones also earmarked for a central defensive slot and Chris Smalling good enough to play for England in that position, Evans accepts he can take nothing for granted.

And speaking during United's current tour of the Far East and Australia, the Northern Ireland international outlined the work that has to be done to remain in contention at Old Trafford.

"For me, the last couple of years has been about learning how to live right off the pitch," he said.

"My focus has been solely about football. When I wake up in the morning, it is the first thing I think about.

"I take time and think about how I am going to improve.

"It becomes an obsession. I get up two hours earlier than I used to. I get into training earlier and go to the gym.

"I understand there is a fine line. I like to play golf. I like to spend time with my wife.

"I don't overkill it. As soon as I have finished training, I try and relax.

"But I have a routine which I have worked hard at and which works for me."


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