Robin van Persie continued from where he stopped last season, as his double ensured that United defeated Wigan Athletic at Wembley.
The Dutchman got off the mark as early as the 9th minute, heading past Carson, after neat interplay with Patrice Evra down the left. The Red Devils surrendered their grasp on the game, as the half wore on, although the Latics failed to take their chances, when they created a few. Van Persie made sure the Shield was United’s on the half hour, after he twisted into space and saw his effort deflect past James Perch.
It is David Moyes’ first piece of silverware, as he continues to settle in as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. The next game he will take charge of, is the season’s opener against Swansea, as they hope to retain the Premier League crown.
And that is when serious business begins. There will be serious opposition ahead. In his first five games, Moyes welcomes Mourinho and Chelsea to Old Trafford, before travelling to Anfield for a usually feisty tie against Liverpool. That is when the former Everton boss needs to step it up. Yes, they succeeded on the same turf against the same opponents, where bitter rivals City failed a few months ago, but Van Persie’s brilliance only papered up the cracks.
United gave up initiative easily and lacked creative spark. One has to wonder why Kagawa did not start.
All in all, it was a decent first competitive match for the new boss. The title defence will be a different ball game altogether.