Striker Robin van Persie admits Manchester United’s players were determined to win the FA Community Shield today for new boss David Moyes yesterday.
It may have been a troubled pre-season for United so far, but Moyes at least has his first trophy as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor after Van Persie’s double gave his side a 2-0 win over Wigan at Wembley.
After netting 30 times last season, the Dutchman took just six minutes to get off the mark this term, rising highest to steer a fine header into the corner from Patrice Evra’s cross.
He then profited from a big deflection off James Perch on the hour to ensure United ended their pre-season campaign on the right note.
“We wanted to win for the manager - it’s important for him and the staff to win trophies,” Van Persie said.
“To get the first one in only after a month or so is great. My header [for the first goal] was quite far out, maybe 12 or 13 metres. It was a bit unusual, but it was a good goal and good cross.
“The second one is my goal because it was going on target. It wasn’t the nicest goal, but it was an important one because after that Wigan weren’t really in the game.”
Now the international break fills the gap between Saturday’s opener at Swansea, which is followed by matches against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
“It was a good day today, a good start to the season and very important to win,” said Van Persie. “Now we can look ahead to next week’s game against Swansea.
“The first five games are very tough. We have to look at things game-by-game but there are some big challenges there.”
However, speculation about Wayne Rooney’s future continues. Moyes insists there is no rift between himself and Rooney. And the United manager has restated that the club’s policy is not to sell the disgruntled striker who has been the subject of two bids from Chelsea.
Moyes revisited the subject of Rooney after the United boss had landed the first trophy of his Old Trafford reign with a routine 2-0 victory against Wigan in the Community Shield.
In a prickly post-match press conference Moyes also confirmed Rooney would join up with Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Scotland at Wembley despite having been ruled out of all United’s pre-season games, including today, with hamstring and shoulder problems.
Moyes, a fervent Scot, initially was tongue in cheek when he said: “You don’t think I’d send England a fit player, do you.”
But then he attacked some sections of the press for questioning why Rooney, who has been suffering from a shoulder injury, had trained recently with United reserves.
Moyes said: “I spoke to Roy for about two hours at different times. Roy knows the situation. Wayne has trained. Some of you might not like hearing this but I didn’t fall out with Wayne.
“Wayne trained with the reserves because it was his asking. He couldn’t have contact, it was a shoulder injury and we used him as a floating player which means he doesn’t play in either team, he plays between them both.
“He played as a floating player so he didn’t get injured so anybody who wrote anything else was misleading their readers.”
He added: “I’m quite enjoying talking about it because I’m hearing so many of you getting it wrong.
“I want him to join up with England. He trained with us (on Saturday). He’s not ready. You’ll probably see that in the game.”