Robin van Persie scored twice against Wigan to give David Moyes his first trophy as Manchester United manager in a comfortable 2-0 Community Shield win at Wembley.
The result itself was never in doubt after Robin van Persie head home a ball crossed in from the left by Patrice Evra, beating Scott Carson with just six minutes of the game played. Van Persie was, once again, a man apart in the things he did. It was his ball out to Evra that started the move and he is a player of such high quality that you can count his errors during the course of a match in single figures.
Van Persie scored the second goal too, a shot hit aggressively on the turn that took a big deflection off James Perch on the way past Carson. When he was interviewed on the pitch at the end of the game, Van Persie was asked whether he could break his record of 30 goals last season. “It’s not about breaking records, it is about winning trophies,” he replied, his answer precipitating a roar of approval from the United fans at Wembley.
There was no Wayne Rooney in the United squad as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury with Ashley Young and Nani also rested due to various niggles.
But United won without too much fuss courtesy of their predatory Dutch forward, who netted his eighth goal in six games against last season’s FA Cup winners.