Manchester Utd. Wins Community Shield, First Trophy for MoyesPeter-Joseph Hegarty
Robin van Persie scored twice as Manchester United beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 in soccer’s Community Shield to give manager David Moyes his first trophy at the club.
Van Persie struck a goal in each half at Wembley Stadium in London yesterday. It’s the fifth time in seven seasons that United won the curtain-raiser to England’s Premier League season.
Moyes succeeded the retired Alex Ferguson as United manager at the end of last season. The start of his reign has been marked with two pre-season wins, a lack of major signings and a question mark over Wayne Rooney, who’s been linked with a move to Chelsea. The striker missed yesterday’s game with a shoulder injury although he’s been named in the England squad to face Scotland in an exhibition match in two days.
Moyes complained to reporters after yesterday’s game about their coverage of Rooney, saying there was no rift with the player.
“Wayne has trained, and some of you might not like hearing this, but I didn’t fall out with Wayne,” he said at a news conference, adding that Rooney hadn’t been told to train with the reserves as a punishment.
“Some of you wrote untruths,” Moyes said after the first managerial trophy of his top-level career. “Wayne trained with the reserves because it was his asking. He couldn’t have contact, he had a shoulder injury. We used him as a floating player, which means he doesn’t play for either team, he plays between either team.”
Not for Sale
He reiterated that Rooney isn’t for sale, after reports that he wants to join new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
“Why are you asking me again? He’s not for sale. There’s no more answer to your question,” Moyes said.
Van Persie gave United a sixth-minute lead, heading across goal and just inside a post from Patrice Evra’s left-wing cross.
United dominated the first half, with new signing Wilfried Zaha looking dangerous at times, but created few scoring opportunities.
Wigan began to get back in the game, with new signing James McClean and Emmerson Boyce threatening without hitting the target. That momentum shifted when Van Persie, who got 30 goals for United last season, scored the second goal.
After he cut in from the right, his 59th-minute left-foot shot was deflected off Wigan’s James Perch and past goalkeeper Scott Carson. United rarely looked in danger again.
“We’re disappointed to lose the game, but in spells we showed we could play,” said Owen Coyle, who took over as Wigan manager in the offseason from Roberto Martinez, who moved to Moyes’s former club Everton. “There’s one or two things we can learn from and move forward.”
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.
Yesterday was the 20th time United has won the trophy previously known as the Charity Shield.