WIGAN Athletic couldn’t repeat their Wembley heroics from May as they went down 2-0 to Manchester United in the Community Shield.
Robin Van Persie was the thorn in Wigan’s side, scoring both goals for David Moyes’ men, who were very dominant in the second half.
Before the break though, it was slightly more of an even contest.
Van Persie scored his first inside just six minutes with a fine header and United were on top for a short while after, before Latics found their footing.
James McClean was the only addition to the side from last week’s 4-0 thumping of Barnsley and impressed on his debut.
He was a constant threat down the left hand side but no matter what he put into the box, there was little at the other end to press home the advantage.
Grant Holt was a handful for the United defence in terms of physicality but struggled to make an impression with the ball.
Ben Watson was Latics’ hero in the FA Cup final back in May and put a number of decent corners and free kicks into the box which unfortunately didn’t bear any fruit.
Latics’ best chance came when McClean tore down the left and put a blistering ball across the face of goal, but it couldn’t be turned in.
On another occasion, Watson’s free kick found Emmerson Boyce at the back stick who headed back in for Leon Barnett but it was just too high.
Holt also went close when he came from nowhere to connect with McClean’s cross but his shot sailed well over David De Gea’s goal.
Other than that though, the afternoon belonged to United who were calm and in control throughout the second half.
Just before the hour mark, they doubled their lead as the ball fell into the path of Van Persie. The Dutchman’s shot took a wicked deflection to go past Scott Carson.
United enjoyed a lot of possession after that and were well worth their win with Wigan not managing a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
Latics starting XI Scott Carson, Emmerson Boyce, Leon Barnett, James Perch, Stephen Crainey, Ben Watson, James McArthur, James McCarthy, James McClean, Grant Holt, Shaun Maloney.
Subs: Lee Nicholls, Jordi Gomez, Roger Espinoza, Chris McCann, Callum McManaman, Marc Antoine Fortune, Nouha Dicko.
United starting XI: David De Gea; Rafael, Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones, Patrice Evre, Wilfrid Zaha, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Robin Van Persie, Danny Welbeck.
Subs: Anders Lindegaard, Jonny Evans, Anderson, Chris Smalling, Luis Antonio Valencia, Shinji Kagawa, Adnan Januzaj.