By Lee Savery.
A Robin van Persie brace was enough for Manchester United to win the FA Community Shield at Wembley.
One goal from each half from the Dutchman. The first came after just six minutes when Patrice Evra’s cross from the left found Van Persie whose header from, almost, the edge of the box found the bottom corner of the goal.
The second came via a deflection after a nice move involving Evra, Cleverley and Welbeck, when Van Persie turned onto his left foot, inside the area, which was diverted away from Wigan goalkeeper Carson by defender Perch. United’s No. 20 has now scored six goals in his last seven games against the Latics.
The eyes of the world were like hawks as David Moyes managed his first competitive game as United manager just as Hawkeye also made its début in English football. However, it was Moyes’ first trophy that will be remembered here rather than any use of the new goal line technology. The pre-season has been a mix of mixed results and constant Rooney questions but the new main man in the dugout will be glad to have got off to a trophy winning start.
The match on a whole was more the gentle stroll of a friendly rather than the competitive spirit of cup matches but United were very comfortable from start to finish. Apart from a few free-kicks to defend, the United defence were hardly challenged with De Gea not having to make a save, although the same could be said of his opposite number as chances were very scarce.
Carrick orchestrated much of the play in the centre of the three man midfield. While much of the talk in the press has been the lack of transfer activity by Moyes, the January signing Zaha was very lively throughout, during his time on the pitch. There was even time for the youngster Adnan Januzaj, who has impressed for much of the pre-season matches, to have a run out.
It’s a winning start for Moyes and a trophy to take home and a decent, if uninspiring, run out before the beginning of the defence of the Premier League at Swansea next Saturday.
Manchester United team: De Gea, Rafael (Smalling 16′), Evra, Jones, Vidic, Giggs (Anderson 67′), Carrick, Cleverley, Welbeck (Kagawa 83′), Van Persie (Januzaj 84′), Zaha (Valencia 61′).
Unused Substitutes: Lindegaard, Evans.