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Manchester Utd. Beats Wigan 2-0 to Win Community Shield

Robin van Persie scored twice as Manchester United beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 to win soccer’s Community Shield today and give new manager David Moyes his first trophy at the club.

Van Persie struck a goal in each half at Wembley Stadium in London. It’s the fifth time in seven seasons that United has won the traditional curtain-raiser to England’s Premier League campaign.

“It’s always nice to score, especially at Wembley,” Van Persie told ITV. “It’s a great day for all of us, for the fans and the manager as well. I believe in this team. We are the champions and I believe we will compete until the end.”

Moyes succeeded the retired Alex Ferguson at United and Wigan also has a new manager. Owen Coyle took over from Roberto Martinez, who moved to Moyes’s former club Everton.

United’s Wayne Rooney, linked with a move to Premier League rival Chelsea, missed today’s game because of a shoulder injury.

Van Persie gave United a sixth-minute lead, heading across goal and just inside a post from Patrice Evra’s left-wing cross.

United went on to dominate the first half, with new signing Wilfried Zaha looking dangerous at times, but created few scoring opportunities.

Van Persie, who got 30 goals for United last season, doubled the lead in the 59th-minute when his left-foot shot was deflected off Wigan’s James Perch past goalkeeper Scott Carson. United rarely looked in danger and went on to clinch a comfortable win.

The Community Shield, contested by the winners of the previous season’s Premier League and F.A. Cup, raises money for charities and community groups. United claimed a 20th league title in 2012-13, while Wigan became the first club to win the Cup and be relegated from the top flight in the same season.

Today was the 20th time United has won the trophy previously known as the Charity Shield.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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