Moyes scouts Bayern Munich duo Dante and Kroos

The Scot was keeping an eye on the pair as Pep Guardiola’s side picked up another three points thanks to goals from Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller


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Manchester United manager David Moyes travelled to Germany on Friday to monitor Bayern Munich duo Dante and Toni Kroos, Goal understands.

Earlier this week, the Brazilian’s agent claimed the German champions were “in a race” to sort a contract extension and that United’s interest in the 30-year-old has been long-standing.

Kroos, meanwhile, has seen talks over a new deal at Bayern stall, with chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitting the club are keen to extend his contract which expires next year.

Bayern Munich resumed their Bundesliga campaign with a 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. Mario Gotze struck after just seven minutes before Thomas Muller’s penalty wrapped up the victory for Pep Guardiola’s side who are 10 points clear at the top of the table.

Moyes has already travelled to Italy earlier this month to watch Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio as well as Cagliari’s 27-year-old centre-back Davide Astori.

Meanwhile, United confirmed on Friday evening that they have agreed a club-record £37 million fee for Juan Mata, with the Spain international set to undergo a medical and complete personal terms.

Mata will need to be registered by Monday lunchtime in order to make his debut against Cardiff City on Tuesday.

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Bayern: Mandzukic dropped due to lack of effort

Allianz Arena sporting director Matthias Sammer insisted that Robert Lewandowski’s arrival in the summer is not set to force out the Croatian this month

Matthias Sammer says Mario Mandzukic’s absence from Bayern Munich’s squad was because of his lack of effort in training, not because he is set to leave the club in January.

The Croat, 27, has been linked with the likes of Juventus and Arsenal following Robert Lewandowski signing a deal to leave Borussia Dortmund for the Allianz Arena at the end of the season.

Mandzukic was left out Pep Guardiola’s squad for their 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday and Sammer insisted that his poor showing during the winter break – and not an imminent departure due to Lewandowski’s arrival in July – is the reason for his absence.

“Mario has not trained hard enough,” the Roten’s sporting director told Sky. “The coach decided not to put him in the squad.

“He is precious to us, because he works like an animal. But he has not been doing it this time, so his absence is the consequence.

“It has nothing to do with Lewandowski. He is absolutely not leaving in January.”

Bayern are back in action against Stuttgart on January 29 and all eyes will be on whether Mandzukic is in the squad as the January transfer deadline days lingers 48 hours later.

Gladbach 0-2 Bayern: Gotze & Muller see off stern hosts

Bayern Munich brushed aside third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach with a 2-0 win at Borussia Park on Friday.

Pep Guardiola’s side had the majority of possession on Friday and created more than double that of their opponents as they extended their lead at the top of the table to 10 points.

Mario Gotze opened the scoring with a cool finish in the seventh minute, with Thomas Muller doubling the lead in the second half from the penalty spot.

Despite offering an impressive response, Gladbach were unable to get back into the game as Manuel Neuer made a couple of good saves and Patrick Herrmann hit the post.

The win moves Bayern 14 points clear of their third-placed opponents, giving Borussia Dortmund the opportunity to overtake the Foals with victory over Augsburg on Saturday.

Bayern, the first team in Bundesliga history to win 15 of their first 17 matches, started with Gotze in a false-nine position and Xherdan Shaqiri, Muller and Thiago Alcantara offering support.

Mario Mandzukic was not included in the squad due to “not training hard enough”, according to the Bavarians sporting director Matthias Sammer.

Gotze pulled his first opportunity wide of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s goal in the fifth minute, but made no mistake two minutes later with a crisp first-time finish.

Muller was released down the right by Rafinha and reached the byline before pulling the ball back to an unmarked Gotze, who calmly stroked the ball into the back of the net.

Bayern continued to dominate possession but were unable to work their way through the Gladbach defence and the hosts eventually started to threaten at the other end.

However, Max Kruse again wasted a good opening as Neuer saved down low to deny the forward.

Thiago came close to doubling Bayern’s lead early in the second half with a 25-yard strike, the Spaniard keeping his effort on target only for Ter Stegen to tip it round the post.

Eight minutes after the break the visitors did get their second goal as Granit Xhaka handled inside the penalty area.

Muller assumed responsibility from the spot and made no mistake in sending Ter Stegen the wrong way.

Neuer was called into action just after the hour and had to make two low saves.

When Gladbach did beat the goalkeeper, Herrmann’s shot crashed against the post and bounced to safety.

Bayern negotiated the final 20 minutes comfortably and were able to introduce Arjen Robben following the Netherlands international’s recovery from a knee injury sustained at the end of 2013.

'Lewandowski will replace Mandzukic' – Beckenbauer

The Germany legend expressed his excitement at the prospect of seeing the Pole at the Allianz Arena next season, even if it’s at the expense of the current No.9

Robert Lewandowski will replace to be an instant success at Bayern Munich next season at the expense of Mario Mandzukic, club legend Franz Beckenbauer has suggested.

The Borussia Dortmund star has signed a deal with the Bundesliga champions, following Mario Gotze’s move from Signal Iduna Park to the Allianz Arena last summer.

Beckenbauer, an honorary president for the Bavarians, believes Lewandowski will play a starring role at the Allianz Arena next season and hinted that he is better fitted under Pep Guardiola than Mandzukic.

When asked by 11 Freunde magazine if Lewandowski will make the Croat “pack his bags”, the Germany icon said: “Yes. I assume that Lewandowski will be an immediate hit.

“His style fits Guardiola’s tactics better that a pure box striker like Mandzukic. Plus, Pep could also put Thomas Muller or Mario Gotze up front.”

The 68-year-old also reflected on the superiority that Bayern have shown in the last 18 months and believes it will continue for many seasons to come if they can keep adding world-class players to their squad.

“They are very hard to beat, no doubt about it,” Beckenbauer mused. “Especially if they keep reinforcing like they do. And they will!

“Pep Guardiola is the perfect coach and Matthias Sammer wakes them up if they’re too relaxed. There is enough competition within the squad so they can be successful in all competitions. I do not see why that should change in the next years.”

Bayern return to Bundesliga action on Friday away to third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach.

Guardiola: Ter Stegen suits Barcelona, but Neuer still world's best

The Bayern Munich head coach believes the German goalkeeper would be a great addition to Barca but still thinks Manuel Neuer is the world’s best

Pep Guardiola believes Marc-Andre ter Stegen would be a great addition to Barcelona, though, insists Bayern Munich still have the world’s best keeper in Manuel Neuer.

Earlier in January, Ter Stegen revealed his decision to leave Borussia Monchengladbach after refusing to sign a new deal, which has fuelled speculation that the 21-year-old goalkeeper is to replace outgoing Victor Valdes at Camp Nou.

Barcelona admitted an interest in Ter Stegen in November and Guardiola says that although he is a talented shot-stopper, Neuer is still the very best.

“Ter Stegen is a very good goalkeeper, one of the best in the world,” Guardiola told reporters.

“But here at Bayern, we have the best in the world. Manuel Neuer.”

Guardiola will be able to see just how good Ter Stegen is when his Bayern side come up against Gladbach in the return of the Bundesliga on Friday.

Ter Stegen has so far been rewarded with three caps for Germany and is a contention for a place at this year’s World Cup. However, Neuer remains coach Joachim Low’s No.1.