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.

Everton 2 Real Betis 1 match report: Darron Gibson injured as Toffees complete pre-season programme

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Nemanja Vidic and Manchester United manager David Moyes with the FA Community Shield trophy

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Grant Holt (left) and Steve Morison with their racing greyhounds

Community Shield: Grant Holt hoping every dog has his day

For a player who once complained he was too unfashionable for England, the sight of Grant Holt in an old 1920s grandstand at a greyhound track this week seemed pretty fitting.

Owen Coyle replaced Roberto Martinez at Wigan in June

Community Shield: I would let an unhappy player go, says Owen Coyle

Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle has said of the Wayne Rooney saga that he would not keep a player who does not want to compete for the team.

Josh Charnley (centre) cannot break the Huddersfield cover

Wigan 12 Huddersfield 30: Giants close to summit finish after shocking Wigan

Giants three points ahead of Wigan and Warrington with three games to play

Wigan’s new manager Owen Coyle

Wigan manager Owen Coyle praises Manchester United boss David Moyes ahead of Sunday's Community Shield

Coyle insists the Premier League champions have got the right man though admits it will take some time to move on from Sir Alex Ferguson

Transfer news: James McClean leaves Sunderland to join FA Cup holders Wigan

McClean follows Grant Holt and Leon Barnett in dropping down a league to join the Latics

Wayne Rooney is expected to comply if asked to play in Sunday’s Community Shield against Wigan

Wayne Rooney eyes move abroad if Chelsea deal falls through

With Europe's top clubs having already spent big this summer, the England striker's options would be limited if a move to west London falls through

The England manager is short of striking options

Roy Hodgson hamstrung by lack of fit England strikers

The England manager Roy Hodgson faces a shortage of fit strikers for his friendly against Scotland next week, with Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll officially injured and Daniel Sturridge only recently returned to first-team training with Liverpool.

Wigan’s Leon Barnett, left, celebrates after scoring

Championship Review: Owen Coyle’s Wigan make initial charge through second-tier minefield

The life expectancy of a manager in the Championship is now between eight and 10 months, which is only marginally better than an officer in the trenches on the Western Front.

Grant Holt celebrates scoring his first goal for new club Wigan

Barnsley 0 Wigan 4 match report: Wigan early leaders as both Grant Holt and Leon Barnett score on their debut for Latics against 10-man Tykes

FA Cup hero Ben Watson opened the scoring for recently relegated Wigan, with Shaun Maloney completed the comfortable victory at Oakwell as Dale Jennings is sent off

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