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Manchester United 2-0 Wigan Athletic: Five key talking points

Up & running: Moyes lifts Community Shield with RVP. (©GettyImages)
Up & running: Moyes lifts Community Shield with RVP. (©GettyImages).

This afternoon, Manchester United comfortably beat Championship outfit Wigan Athletic 2-0 to win the Community Shield.

Two goals from Robin van Persie was enough to see off Owen Coyle's men, and in truth it was no less than what David Moyes' side deserved, as they confidently dispatched the Latics.

Here, GMS Academy member Sri Hari looks at five key talking points to come from this afternoon's fixture. Do you agree? Have your say in the comments box below.

Moyes finally gets the monkey off his back

After almost every Tom, Dick and Harry pointing out that Moyes hadn’t won a single trophy during his 11-year career with Everton, Moyes got his Manchester United managerial career off to a great start by winning a trophy after just 90 minutes of football.

Although this was definitely a trophy everybody expected him to win, winning a trophy so early on in his career as Manchester Unitd manager would definitely have eased a lot of nerves.

Zaha shows plenty of promise

Zaha was a bag full of tricks right until the moment he was substituted early on in the second half.

Although not all of them paid off, he certainly reminded United fans of a certain Portuguese winger early on in his career.

His decision making still left a lot to be desired and resulted in him incurring the wrath of his teammates at times, but he showed glimpses of his raw talent.

Do Manchester United really need Leighton Baines?

On the back of this performance by Patrice Evra, that almost looks like a no-brainer.

Evra was without doubt the man of the match for United, although it will probably be Van Persie who will claim all the headlines for his two goals.

Evra made the left flank his own, with lung-bursting runs and brilliant crosses right through the game, one of which lead to the first goal and was a key part of the second goal as well.

With Fabio waiting in the wings, it seems like United will have no room for Baines.

Wigan Athletic look like they can bounce back

Whilst they might have lost Roberto Martinez and a couple of their key players, Wigan definitely gave a very good account of themselves in this game.

If they can keep hold of Shaun Maloney and James McArthur and provide some support to Grant Holt, there is no reason why they can’t bounce right back to the Premier League next year, as their midfield looks more than handy for the Championship.

United still lack a top quality central midfielder

Playing in his 24th year as Manchester United player, Ryan Giggs gave a distinguished performance in an advanced midfield role with Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick behind him.

Even so, the midfield still looked a little pedestrian at times and was crying out for a midfielder to take possession by the scruff of the neck and turn it into something meaningful.

This certainly is one area which Moyes has to address before the transfer window closes.

 

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