Manchester United latest: Including Rooney and Rafael

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News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

Manchester United beat Wigan 2-0 to win the Community Shield on Sunday via a brace from Robin van Persie.

Robin van Persie believes the Red Devils are ‘favourites’ for the title as the start of the new season approaches.

"We're doing really well and I believe in this team," said Van Persie.

"We are the champions and based on that we are clear favourites. I believe in this team and I believe that we will compete until the end again."

Midfielder Michael Carrick was ‘encouraged’ by the win over Wigan.

“It was a better team performance all around. We looked well defensively and obviously we scored two goals, so it was a decent performance and a good day. We can move on to next week now,” Carrick stated.

In team news, United fullback Rafael is expected to be out for a month with a hamstring injury.

"A hamstring - I could be out four, five weeks," he told reporters when asked about the severity of the injury.

Meanwhile, United captain Nemanja Vidic hopes Wayne Rooney stays at Old Trafford this summer, amidst speculation over the England number 10’s future.

"There's so much speculation, so much talk about whether he'll leave or stay,” Vidic explained.

"He's at the best club in the world. I believe Man United is the biggest club in the world and I think there's no point to go anywhere.”

England manager Roy Hodgson insist Rooney’s ‘mind is fine’ under the pressure of speculation.

"His mind is fine," said Hodgson.

"He can compartmentalise club and country, which I expect from all players.”

United boss David Moyes insisted he has not ‘fallen out’ with Rooney over his future.

"I didn't fall out with Wayne," Moyes said.

"He trained with the reserves by his own request.”

In transfer news, United are reportedly ready to ‘enter the race’ for Gareth Bale with the prospect of signing Tottenham’s PFA Player of the Year as David Moyes’ ‘marquee’ signing.

In other news, United youngster Wilfried Zaha’s brother avoided a prison sentence after stealing a mobile phone. 31-year-old Serge received a nine-month community order at Croydon Magistrates Court.

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