With just four days until transfer deadline day on Monday, the likes of Rooney and Bale will need to decide the whereabouts of their long-term fickle football future for at least another nine months.
In the time it takes a female member of the human species to produce a baby after conception, Chelsea would have delivered four managers, Manchester City signed three more players, United won two more trophies and Arsene Wenger may have even found a cashpoint machine.
Rooney was deservedly man of the match on Monday night, as Mourinho once again parked the bus away from home. It might have saved on travel expenses had Wayne got on that bus back to London.
However, the rumour mill has it that the “white Pele”, will not be leaving Manchester until he needs another hair transplant.
Gareth on the other hand is likely to “Bale” out, and although his exact destination is apparently unclear, he was spotted at a Spanish language school doing the flamenco.
Yohan Cabaye looks increasingly likely to take a taxi to the capital, as Arsenal may well raise their bid to £20 million ($31 million) plus two T-shirts and a McDonald’s gift voucher.
September 2 is almost certainly going to be another manic Monday. The Gunners are in line to also bid for either Di Maria or Benzema and Cesar of QPR, in addition to the unsettled Magpies midfielder Cabaye.
Their north London rivals Spurs are set to potentially land Erik Lamela from Roma for around £26 million, or the incredible Hulk from Zenit St Petersburg for a little bit more (as he is bigger). The acquisition of the Brazilian striker would naturally leave many green with envy.
Manchester City are in the market for Valencia defender Adil Rami, and let us hope for their sake that he can defend well at corners.
United have lost all hope in getting Fabregas, which was a forlorn hope in my book anyway, however they may well pursue Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines with a more respectable bid; both may be tempted away from the Toffees to join their former boss.
Chelsea could well poach Samuel Eto’o from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala and this could free up Demba Ba for a sharp exit. However, it was the omission of the outstanding Juan Mata from the Chelsea team that played Manchester United that raised the most eyebrows – all three of them in the case of Sam Allardyce.
Is Juan the one to entice Moyes to relinquish Rooney?
Bob Morton is a British journalist currently based in Singapore. He has a first class degree in Media and was previously a correspondent for Ladbrokes Racing.