David Moyes confirms he was watching Pogba, Kroos, Vidal while at Manchester United

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There are no huge revelations, here; only confirmations. Paul Pogba, Toni Kroos, and Arturo Vidal, three midfielders connected with Manchester United throughout the 2013-14 season, were being extensively scouted by David Moyes during his time with the Red Devils.

At least, that’s what Moyes says. Writing for The Sunday Times (as reported by ESPN), the departed manager confirmed he planned to monitor the trio as well as two others at this summer’s World Cup.

Pogba, however, already had a prohibitively high price put on him. The $100 million transfer fee Juventus was asking looks like one part negotiating stance, another part evaluation, and a final part reflection of Pogba’s ultimately tumultuous time as a youth player in United’s system.

Since Louis van Gaal’s appointment as Moyes’s successor, United has reportedly moved away from Kross, too, though the Dutch manager remains a fan of Vidal.

From ESPN’s UK site:

“If it were possible, I would have tried to bring him [Pogba] to Manchester United,” he wrote in The Sunday Times’ World Cup supplement …

And the Scot wrote: “It is no secret that I had put a lot of groundwork into signing [Kroos] for Manchester United. What I like about Kroos is that he plays the ball to penetrate, he doesn’t do passing for passing’s sake.”

Van Gaal is reportedly interested in Vidal, however, telling reporters: “… I always wanted to buy Vidal when he was at Bayer Leverkusen but he went to Juventus.”

Again, this is less news than confirmation. Those lofty targets Manchester United’s been linked to for 10 months? It was more than tabloid gossip. David Moyes was really hoping to bring a new star into United’s midfield.

Van Gaal will do the same, but it’s unlikely to be Pogba. Kroos has basically been ruled out. Vidal, however, may be a perfect if expensive fit.

With Pogba having emerged at Juventus and the Chilean just turning 27 years old, now may be the best time for Juve to cash in on its star, if they’re ever going to cash in at all.

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

[ MORE: FC Dallas clinches playoff berth ]

Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)

Wenger lauds team spirit following Arsenal’s big win

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Arsenal put on a superb performance against Manchester United today, flying out to a three-goal lead in the opening 20 minutes of the match.

[ RECAP: Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United ]

United was stunned by the fast-paced, free-flowing Arsenal attack, unable to recover from the Gunners’ early dominance.

All of this came on the heels of a disappointing loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League, after which many questioned manager Arsene Wenger and his side.

[ MORE: Three things we learned from Arsenal’s win vs. Manchester United ]

Following the big 3-0 win at the Emirates, Wenger praised his team’s spirit, saying there were outstanding performances throughout the side.

You go from Petr Cech up to Theo Walcott, and we had only outstanding performances. Sometimes we have that magic side in our game.

[Against Olympiacos] maybe we lacked a little bit of urgency and discipline, and that’s why we lost the game. But let’s not forget, last Saturday we won 5-2 at Leicester. Today we beat Man United 3-0.

[The players] have shown that we have an outstanding spirit in the squad. To respond the way we did after what happened to us, you need to have an exceptional spirit.

The Gunners’ performance today immediately silenced all the critics, as Wenger’s side put out on a display that many have been waiting for all season. The combination play of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott was brilliant, as Santi Cazorla continued to impress in the center of the midfield.

Wenger’s teams have not always been known to show strong heart and resiliency, but that’s exactly what they showed today against a Manchester United side that was in great form. Now sitting second on the table, Arsenal continues to climb up the Premier League.