Robin van Persie’s double provided David Moyes with his first trophy as Manchester United manager following a comfortable 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic at Wembley in the Community Shield.
Last season’s leading scorer headed United in front after just six minutes and his deflected effort before the hour mark put the seal on a controlled display.
United took the lead through the first chance of the game on six minutes. Van Persie spread the play to the left and the Dutchman’s subsequent run was not tracked as he arrived in the penalty area to guide Patrice Evra’s cross inside the post.
Wigan struggled to carry a threat going forward and had to remain alert at the back as summer signing Leon Barnett did well to cut out Wilfried Zaha’s low cross at the near post.
The Premier League champions were forced into an early reshuffle on 16 minutes when Rafael went off injured to be replaced by Chris Smalling, who slotted in at centre-half, with Phil Jones switching to right-back.
The 2013 FA Cup winners finally threatened 10 minutes before half-time when new recruit James McClean flashed the ball across goal after Smalling had misjudged the bounce from a hopeful pass.
United created a rare opening on 38 minutes when Danny Welbeck turned and shot following Tom Cleverley’s pass, but Wigan keeper Scott Carson parried the ball to safety.
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