A double from Robin Van Persie ensured a trophy-winning start to David Moyes reign as Manchester United manager, as the Premier League champions beat FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic 2-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley.
The victory provided a welcome distraction to the off-field activity that has over-shadowed the first six weeks of the Scot’s life at Old Trafford, and is the twentieth time that United have lifted the trophy.
Manchester United maintained their fifteen point advantage at the top of the Premier League with a narrow but comfortable victory at struggling Sunderland.
Titus Bramble’s 27th minute own goal was enough to secure victory for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men, who extend their unbeaten league run to nineteen games, the last seven which have all been won.
A number of players are reportedly on their way out of Old Trafford, with as many as seven named by various mediums.
In midfield, the Daily Mail list Anderson, Nani and Paul Scholes as those likely to be nearing the end of their time at Manchester United, with the Manchester Evening News adding Darren Fletcher to that list.
Phil Jones has been rule out of this evening’s crucial Champions League last sixteen second leg clash with Real Madrid.
The 21 year old was one of the stand-out performers in the 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu three weeks ago, but has been unable to shake off an ankle injury picked up in the FA Cup win over Reading.
Manchester United are set to welcome back defensive due Phil Jones and Jonny Evans for tomorrow evening’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
The pair were both substituted in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Everton, though neither are said to have any serious injury worries.
Wayne Rooney set England on their way to a famous 2-1 victory over Brazil at Wembley last night.
The United forward followed up Theo Walcott’s effort on 26 minutes, before going on to complete the match along with Chris Smalling, whilst Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck were taken off after 45 minutes and 60 minutes respectively.
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