Manchester United were dominant from the off at a sun-soaked Wembley on Sunday afternoon as they beat a spirited Wigan Athletic 2-0 to lift a record 20th Community Shield.
Their Dutch talisman, Robin van Persie, scored both the goals in an entertaining contest.
Van Persie asserted United’s dominance in the sixth minute with a pinpoint header from a Patrice Evra cross, finishing the move he started. Van Persie spread the ball out to the left flank, leaving Wigan’s defence stretched, before darting into the box to get on the end of the ball and placing it agonisingly past the grasp of the despairing Scott Carson.
Phil Jones replaced Rafael at right back after 15 minutes when the young Brazilian hobbled off holding his right leg. Chris Smalling came on for Raphael, as Jones shifted out to right back to allow Smalling to partner Nemanja Vidic in central defence.
For all United’s dominance of play in the first half, they didn’t create many opportunities. Carson saved well from Danny Welbeck whilst Wigan were poor for the opening 30 minutes.
They improved towards the end of the first half, and Grant Holt had a good chance to equalise from a James Maclean cross. The change in Wigan’s philosophy was clear as they looked to aim long balls at Holt for most of the first half.
Wilfried Zaha had an impressive first half, showing his ability and desire to take people on and beat them, as well as being able to produce a good cross; all with shades of a young Cristiano Ronaldo.
The second half started a little slower as Wigan began the it how they ended the first; debutant Maclean was particularly impressive on the left.
However it was United who had the first real sight of goal after a flowing counter attack move in the 51st minute, culminated in Tom Cleverley being set up by Welbeck and firing wide when he really should of done better.
Less than ten minutes later, the game was effectively over as a contest as Van Persie doubled United’s lead with a deflected effort from outside the area. The initial shot, which Carson had covered, spun up off James Perch’s leg and beat the keeper at his near post.
The evergreen Ryan Giggs was impressive all afternoon, chasing down the opposition and calm in possession - Giggs has been there and done it all before. Anderson replaced Giggs in the 67th minute as Moyes looked to freshen things up.
Shinji Kagawa was introduced to the fray and almost scored immediately with an audacious overhead-kick, but the Japanese international didn’t make a good connection.
Michael Carrick picked up where he left off last season, collecting the Man of The Match Award for another calm but dominant display in the heart of the United midfield, dictating the play.
Overall, Moyes first competitive game in charge was a good day at the office for the Scot, although United’s dominance of possession in midfield without creating many chances highlights their desperate need for a creative midfielder.
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