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The Manchester United striker trained separately from the rest of the squad and remains a doubt for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Argentina

<b>Gareth Bale - Tottenham to Real Madrid (2013)</b><br/>
With one day remaining until the close of the window, the transfer of Bale was finally completed. After winning not one but two Player of the Year awards for his displays last season and almost single-handedly taking Spurs into the Champions League - interest in the Welshman was always likely. And when it turned out Real Madrid were among those that coveted the forward's services, it always seemed likely he would end up leaving. Yet that didn't stop the move dragging on all summer. Will he turn up for training? Will Real pay a world record fee? Will he morph into Cristiano Ronaldo? Eventually we got the answers (no, seems so, yes) but boy did it take a while.

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Scott Carson, of Wigan, reacts well to deny Danny Welbeck

Wayne Rooney exit would leave two voids – goals and creativity

When, in ITV's build-up to this match, Lee Dixon argued it would be daft to sell Wayne Rooney to a title rival in Chelsea, Roy Keane responded, "Sell him to Fulham then". David Moyes would rather not sell Rooney at all, and certainly not until he has found a replacement. That, though, even for a club of Manchester United's wealth and appeal, will be difficult for Rooney, as a succession of England managers have come to realise, is a hard act to replace.

Danny Welbeck celebrates with the rest of the Manchester United team after he opens the scoring against Kitchee FC

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Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling, Fabio, Adnan Januzaj and Lingard all on target as United complete pre-season tour of Asia with three victories out of five

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Cerezo Osaka 2 Manchester United 2 match report: Wilfried Zaha's first goal for United in 'Moyes' minutes' saves yet another defeat on pre-season tour

United were just seconds away from a third defeat in four matches when new signing Zaha came to the rescue to earn a 2-2 draw against Cerezo Osaka

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Robin van Persie denies Manchester United are vulnerable this season

The club must adapt to a new manager

Robin van Persie of Manchester United signs autographs after a first team training session at Kogarah

David Moyes hopeful Robin van Persie has a 'big influence' on Manchester United's season

The striker scored 30 goals in all competitions last term

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