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Van Persie double gives Moyes first trophy at United

Robin van Persie reinforced his status as Manchester United's leading striker during Wayne Rooney's absence

Written by Associated Press | London | Published: August 12, 2013 1:28:12 am

Robin van Persie reinforced his status as Manchester United’s leading striker during Wayne Rooney’s absence Sunday by clinching a 2-0 victory over Wigan to open the David Moyes era with a win in the Community Shield. Van Persie headed the Premier League champions in front after six minutes and netted again with a deflected strike in the 59th against the FA Cup winners in the curtain-raiser to the English season.

It was United’s first visit to Wembley Stadium without Alex Ferguson since 1985. The 71-year-old Scot retired in May after nearly 27 years as manager.The biggest problem Ferguson left Moyes was the need to resolve the future of Rooney,who has been denied a move to Chelsea and has not played in United’s official pre-season games due to injury.

REmy to miss ctiy clash

Newcastle United’s on-loan striker Loic Remy will miss his side’s opening Premier League clash with Manchester City on Aug. 19 due to injury,manager Alan Pardew said on Sunday. “Remy has a calf injury. We need to get some work into him. There is no chance of him making Man City. Whether there is a chance of him playing against West Ham in the next game is something we will have to see ,” Pardew said.

Remy linked up with Newcastle on a season-long loan from QPR this week,having scored six goals in 14 appearances for the west London club who were relegated to the second division last season.

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