Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Moyes tastes glory with United

12 August 2013, 07:15

London - Robin van Persie struck twice to earn Manchester United a convincing 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at a sun-drenched Wembley on Sunday.

The Premier League champions outclassed the surprise FA Cup winners in the traditional English season curtain-raiser to give their new manager David Moyes an early trophy in his reign at Old Trafford.

Van Persie powered home an angled header after six minutes and fired in a deflected shot just before the hour to see off Championship side Wigan who stunned Manchester City to win the Cup before being relegated last season.

"It is always nice to score, especially at Wembley," the prolific Dutch striker told the crowd.

"I am ready glad for everyone.

"Last year I did not score too many headers, so I have to improve on that. I believe in this team, we are the champions."

Moyes will not be carried away at the start of his bid to emulate the glittering United career of his predecessor Alex Ferguson but he had reasons to be pleased after an indifferent pre-season.

United started brightly and took the lead when Patrice Evra swung over a deep cross from the left and Van Persie arched his back to nod the ball firmly into the far corner of the net from 10 metres out.

United right back Rafael limped off soon afterwards but Moyes's team continued to dominate possession and new winger Wilfried Zaha showed glimpses of his potential with a few quick turns and mazy dribbles.

Man-of-the-match Michael Carrick pulled the strings for United in midfield alongside 39-year-old Ryan Giggs and Wigan struggled to retain the ball.

An error by United defender Chris Smalling just before halftime allowed Wigan's James McClean to send in a dangerous cross but goalkeeper David de Gea did not have a save to make.

Wigan worked tirelessly to close down United but Van Persie's second goal ended the match as a contest.

The Dutchman controlled the ball on the corner of the penalty area before cutting back inside to drill in a fierce, 20-metre shot which took a deflection before flying past Wigan keeper Scott Carson.

Both managers made a raft of substitutions as the hot conditions took their toll and United could have extended their lead in the closing stages.

Van Persie had words of encouragement for those United supporters concerned about Ferguson's departure, Moyes's failure to make major signings and the future of disaffected striker Wayne Rooney.

"We have a chance to win five trophies this year and we want then all," said the forward who scored 30 goals for United last season after joining from Arsenal.

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...