Manchester United player ratings v Wigan

England Wembley

Manchester United beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 in the Community Shield.

Who were the star performers?

David de Gea: A third season beginning at United, the first working with ex-Everton football coach Chris Woods, after Eric Steele departed looked safe as he did last term and growing in stature, with each game. The young Spaniard had plenty of high balls into his box to deal with, and commanded the 6 yard box well. No real saves to make. 7

Rafael: Lasted only 15 minutes after Wigan's new signing from Sunderland, James McClean on his Wigan debut ended the Brazilians afternoon with a late challenge. Although Rafael barely got the opportunity to impress Moyes, it's expected he will still be the new managers nailed on right back. 6

Patrice Evra: As normal with United's excellent attacking left back he found himself in acres of space on the left, to cross for Dutch hit man Robin van Persie to nod United ahead early on, picking out the corner of Scott Carson's goal. 8

Phil Jones: Began the match at centre-half alongside big Nemanja Vidic but once Rafael was injured and withdrawn moved to right back. Jones had to be alert to stop the attacking intent of James McClean, the Irishman's pace stopping the ex Blackburn midfielder driving forward as much as he would have liked.7

Nemanja Vidic: Relaxed and calm as you would expect in a warm up match, the big Serbian interacted during the first-half with new Wigan signing Grant Holt, who unsurprisingly enjoyed the physical battle with Vidic. He had to hold the line well as dead ball crosses rained in to find Holt and Emerson Boyce, despite one or two edgy moments he held the line well. 7

Michael Carrick: United stalwart from last season, picked up from there, giving the back four protection and making key interceptions and, passing the opposition into submission. James McCarthy applied a lot of pressure on Carrick, but the United conductor of the tempo was never shy to collect the ball from the centre-backs and probe the team forward. 8

Tom Cleverley: Chosen by David Moyes ahead of Shinji Kagawa and Anderson in the engine room today, was asked to play a deeper game than he is used to. Cleverley still got involved going forward but possibly should have done better, with one rushed shot. 7

Wilfried Zaha: After his magnificent summer tour performances, full of tricks and acceleration he looks like an exceptional talent, Sir Alex Ferguson's last purchase from Crystal Palace. Money well invested in a huge talent and potential to light up the Premier League, time will be needed as he steps up to a higher level as he frustrates and in equal doses excites. A huge signing to add the vim and vigour on the flanks, with ability to take on a man: and beat him. 7

Ryan Giggs: Performing in his 21st club game at Wembley, he began the match on the left flank but rotated with Danny Welbeck in behind van Persie. The Welshman displayed his never ending energy prior to being replaced by Anderson in the second 45 minutes. 6

Danny Welbeck: Began the FA Community Shield match in the space behind van Persie, but moved out to the left wing after Giggs was substituted. As normal with the Mancunian he never stopped running, applying total effort,with several neat touches, to the United cause. Kagawa came on for Welbeck, with the Shield won. 7

Robin van Persie: Began and completed the move which climaxed in United going ahead. Sublime technique to bring the ball under control, twist and roll a controlled pass out to Patrice Evra on the left. Finished off by the Dutchman timing his run, to meet the cross and nod the header past the hapless Carson inside the post. The Dutch International captain completed his brace with a second half shot which took a deflection, but he won't care. 8

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