Date: 6th August 2012 at 10:50am
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Despite numerous chances Manchester United failed to find the back of the net for the first time this summer, as they kicked off the European leg of the pre-season tour.

Taking on Valerenga in Oslo, United welcomed back a number of stars including those that had been away at the European Championships, as well as injured captain Nemanja Vidic.

Vidic got 60 minutes under his belt, his first appearance since rupturing ligaments in his knee against Basel in December, and the Serbian was pleased to be back:

“After eight months without a game it’s obvious that you have to get used to your positioning.

“Fitness-wise it’s not as it will be in a few weeks but my knee felt well and hopefully the next game will be better.

“I knew I would be out for six months. I tried to make the best of it and when I came back wanted to be the same as I was before the injury.

“That was my target. We’ll see how good a job I did in that six months.”

Welbeck resumed his partnership with Wayne Rooney up front and the young striker had United’s best chances but was twice denied although Valerenga went close in the dying moments of the first half with Suleiman heading wide when he should have at least hit the target.

There was a start for Michael Keane in an unfamiliar left back role due to Evra’s absence, as well as appearances from Lingard, Powell and Kagawa.
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