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Video: The Independent looks ahead to this weekend's Premier League games

All fall down: Ashley Young tumbles easily at Old Trafford under a challenge from Kagisho Dikgacoi, earning a penalty for Manchester United and the Crystal Palace player’s dismissal for two yellow cards

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 match report: Ashley Young diving row erupts as champions win

Palace manager Ian Holloway speechless after Kagisho Dikgacoi sent off after tangle with winger results in penalty, while England absentee Wayne Rooney returns to seal victory

<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.

Gareth Bale, Willian, Cesc Fabregas and the most memorable transfer sagas

A look at the deals that went on and on...

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 0 match report: Daniel Sturridge scores again as Liverpool go top of the league

The problem with remembering Bill Shankly – as Liverpool did yesterday ahead of today's centenary of his birth – is the sense it creates of how far they have fallen from the years when he ruled with enough impunity to laughingly dish out toilet rolls to the opposition and telephone Don Revie with a warning on nights before Leeds United were in town.

Danny Welbeck celebrates a goal against Swansea

Danny Welbeck desperate for goals says Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand

The England striker netted twice on the opening day of the season

Romelu Lukaku in action on Chelsea's pre-season tour of Asia

Striker Romelu Lukaku eager to start for Chelsea against Manchester United

Two of the Premier League title favourites meet at Old Trafford on Monday

Robin van Persie puts Manchester United ahead with an acrobatic effort in the champions’ win

Robin van Persie labelled 'the best striker in the world' says Swansea forward Michu

The Manchester United striker scored twice on the opening day

David Moyes said he wasn’t nervous before his first game

Transfer news: Wayne Rooney and Manchester United could be moving closer to conciliation despite continued interest from Chelsea

Joking with the press is a sign Manchester United striker may be nearer making up than breaking away

Robin van Persie puts Manchester United ahead with an acrobatic effort in the champions’ win

Swansea 1 Manchester United 4 match report: Flying Dutchman Robin van Persie sets David Moyes on fast track to glory

Two goals from RVP and Danny Welbeck's double lift new manager as Wayne Rooney returns to the fold

David Moyes takes his United side to Swansea tomorrow

Premier League: Swansea v Manchester United match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Liberty Stadium

Marouane Chamakh has joined Crystal Palace on a one-year deal

Transfer news: Arsenal exodus continues as Marouane Chamakh joins Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace

Striker was allowed to leave the Gunners and has signed a one-year deal at Selhurst Park

Manchester United may offer competition to Real Madrid in the pursuit of Gareth Bale

Manchester United are ready to enter race for Gareth Bale

Spurs ace could provide David Moyes with marquee signing as prospect of Real Madrid deal recedes

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

Kitchee FC 2 Manchester United 5 match report: Youngster Jesse Lingard scores yet again to give David Moyes a winning end to pre-season tour

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

Wilfried Zaha bagged his first goal for Manchester United in a pre-season friendly

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

Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie denies Manchester United are vulnerable this season

The club must adapt to a new manager

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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