That’s it from me. Thank you very much for putting up with me for 90 odd minutes. I’ll be back on the 26th of August for the game vs Chelsea in the Premier League at Old Trafford.
Good, solid performance from Manchester United. Kept Wigan at bay with the Championship side never really threatening. 2 lovely RVP goals.
Possession: Manchester United 59% – Wigan’s 41%
Shots: MUFC 5-1 Wigan
Shots on target: MUFC 3-0 Wigan
Corners: MUFC 5-3 Wigan
Final score: 2-0. Manchester United win the Community Shield. Moyes with his first piece of silverware as United manager. Hopefully, the first of many.
Manchester United with a corner in the final minute after a mazy Patrice Evra run. United take it short and Mark Clattenburg ends the game in the 94th minute.
Crainey follows a succession of poor Wigan corners with a poor cross easily cleared by the United defence. 2 minutes left.
Cleverley picks up a yellow card for fouling Espinoza and stopping Wigan from countering.
4 minutes of stoppage time awarded by the referee.
Januzaj penalised for a high foot whilst trying to chip a ball over Barnett’s head down the left.
Roger Espinoza picks up Wigan’s 2nd yellow card of the game after a late challenge on Cleverley.
2 minutes left + stoppage time in the 2013 Community Shield
Manchester United playing some nice football around Wigan’s box. Cleverley eventually tries a lofted ball to the far post but no United player in sight.
James McCarthy has come off for Wigan and Nouha Dicko has come on.
The McDonald’s Man of the Match has been awarded to Manchester United’s Michael Carrick. Yes, that is McDonald’s Man of the Match.
It appears Cleverley has moved out to wide left. Adnan Januzaj as the main striker with Kagawa just behind him.
Welbeck comes off for Kagawa. Januzaj takes the place of Robin Van Persie.
The changes most have been waiting to see. Adnan Januzaj and Shinji Kagawa about to come on.
Anderson plays a lovely first time pass for Robin Van Persie. The pass is ever so slightly overhit and Carson collects just in time.
In the build up to that shot, Evra took a cross to the testicles and is now treating the pain by pouring water down his shorts. As you do.
Roger Espinoza controls it on the right hand side of the United box and unleashes a left footed volley which goes wide of David De Gea’s goal.
Wigan subs: Roger Espinoza on for Ben Watson and Jordi Gomez on for Shaun Maloney.
Cleverley finds Valencia on the right. The winger takes some time to get a shot off and the ball is deflected out for a corner, which sadly comes to nothing.
This change will see Welbeck pushed out wide to the left with Anderson playing behind RVP.
Anderson comes on for Ryan Giggs in the 66th minute.
The last player to score a hat trick in the Community Shield? Eric Cantona for Leeds against Liverpool in 1992.
Zaha has been taken off with a knock to the knee. Antonio Valencia, sporting his #25 shirt, comes on to replace him.
Good work by Evra who finds Cleverley on the edge of the box. Tom turns to pass to Welbeck who unselfishly passes to RVP who takes a touch, takes it away from the defender and shoots. The ball takes a mean deflection off James Perch’s left foot. Carson is left wrong-footed and the ball hits the back of the net.
GOAL. 2-0 Manchester United. RVP again!
Corner taken by Ben Watson. RVP clears.
McClean the main threat for Wigan. Outpaces Smalling down Wigan’s left hand side but the United defender blocks the cross and the ball goes out for a corner.
Just spotted Anderson, Kagawa and Valencia warming up on the touchline. All 3 to come on soon?
Cleverley really needs to work on his shooting. Zaha runs down the right, cuts it back for Welbeck who finds Cleverley on the edge of the box. TC opens his body to try and curl it around Carson but miscues terribly and the ball bobbles out for a goal kick.
First yellow card of the game picked up by James McArthur for tripping Danny Welbeck up after the United youngster turned him.
Free-kick for Wigan to the left of the United box. Watson takes it but Smalling rises above the rest to clear it with a strong header.
We’re back under way for the 2nd half of the Community Shield at Wembley.
No changes in the Manchester United team at half-time. Surprising.
For those wondering where Chicharito is, he’s picked up a small injury that has left him out of today’s game. Wasn’t picked by the Mexico manager either for their game vs Ivory Coast on the 14th of August.
Manchester United have enjoyed 64% of the possession in the 1st half. Wigan are yet to register a shot on goal, whilst Manchester United have had 3 including 2 on target (1 goal).
The ball goes out for a United throw in and Mark Clattenburg ends the first half. Vidic having a few words with the referee before heading down the tunnel. Manchester United 1-0 Wigan Athletic.
1 minute of stoppage time to finish the first half.
It’s worth noting that each team can make 6 subs during the game, which means half-time substitutions are near inevitable. United only have 5 left due to Rafael hobbling off with a leg injury earlier on in the game.
Wigan with another free-kick from the right. McClean this time beats the first man and finds Emerson Boyce at the far post, who heads it back across goal but the ball is finally cleared by the United defence. Biggest chance so far for the Championship side.
5 minutes left in the 1st half.
Minor handbags in the United box. Wigan have a free-kick but game is stopped due to Holt and Vidic pushing each other. McClean eventually takes the FK but the cross is poor and fails to beat the first man.
RVP takes the corner, Welbeck rises and meets the ball but heads it over.
And we have our 2nd shot. Cleverley finds Welbeck on the edge of the box who turns and forces Carson into a good save to his left. The ball ends up out for a corner.
Forgot to mention that the referee for today’s game is Mark Clattenburg.
Chris Smalling misjudges a Crainey long ball, letting it bounce over him. McClean takes advantage of this and drills it across the United box. No Wigan player in sight, thankfully. Ball cleared.
Wigan’s new signing James McClean hits a cross from the left into the United box. Holt throws himself at it but fouls Evra in the process. United free-kick.
Throw in for United deep in the Wigan half. After a neat triangle between Zaha, Jones and RVP, Zaha over hits his cross for a Wigan throw in. The threat is there, the final ball not quite.
As far as I’m aware, there has only been one shot in 28 minutes so far: United’s goal.
21 minutes in. Manchester United lead Wigan Athletic 1-0 thanks to a superb header by Robin Van Persie in the 6th minute.
Scary to think that one of our wingers is 39 years of age. How long will Ryan Giggs keep on playing?
Wigan hit the long ball forward looking for Grant Holt. However, the Wigan striker is no match for Nemanja Vidic who seems to be dealing with him comfortably so far.
Rafael appears to have picked up an injury. Being subbed off. Chris Smalling comes on to replace him. Jones moves to RB with Chris Smalling slotting in at CB alongside Vidic.
Cleverley finds Zaha on the right who drills it to the near post. Barnett does well to clear it for a corner without putting the ball into the back of his own net.
Goal aside, Manchester United are using the right wing and Zaha a lot. Each time the young winger gets the ball, 2 or 3 Wigan players surround him. It seems Owen Coyle has highlighted him as one of the main threats.
Van Persie finds Evra on the wide left who delivers a cross into the box. Van Persie jumps and heads the ball from some way out. It arcs out of Carson’s reach and finds the bottom left corner of the net.
GOAL. Manchester United 1-0! Who else? Robin Van Persie.
3 mins in and all I can say is that Manchester United have had more possession.
And we’re off.
Both teams are on the field. Kick off is mere seconds away. Wigan to start the game.
Shirt number news: Antonio Valencia requested to be given the number 25 back, leaving the number 7 shirt vacant.
I must say, I am a big fan of the new kit. Looks incredibly classy.
Manchester United have been involved in more Community Shield penalty shootouts than any other team (6). No surprises if this game ends up with penalties, then.
David Moyes gives Zaha his first competitive start for Manchester United. A deserved one after a rather impressive pre-season.
10 minutes until kick off
A bit of good news for the pessimists out there: Wigan Athletic have only beaten Manchester United once in their last 17 attempts, losing the other 16.
Rafael, who is serving a suspension for getting sent off at the end of last season, is available for selection as the Community Shield is not classed as a 1st team game. He will serve the final game of his ban next week vs Swansea.
Today marks the first competitive game for David Moyes at Manchester United. This is Owen Coyle’s second game in charge of Wigan after beating Barnsley 4-0 away on the 3rd of August.
Bench for both teams:
United: Evans, Anderson, Smalling, Lindegaard, Valencia, Kagawa & Januzaj.
Wigan: Nicholls, McCann, Gomez, McManaman, Espinoza, Dicko, Fortune.
Wigan’s XI: Carson, Boyce, Barnett, Perch, Crainey, Watson, McArthur, McCarthy, McClean, Holt, Maloney.
Here is United’s XI for today’s game: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Vidic, Jones, Carrick, Cleverley, Zaha, Giggs, Van Persie, Welbeck.
Hello and welcome to the live blog for Manchester United’s first competitive game of the season vs Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield. Just under 30 minutes until kick-off.
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