KEIR RADNEDGE at WEMBLEY: David Moyes shrugged off the credit after celebrating his first trophy, the FA Community Shield, as manager of Manchester United.
Robin Van Persie scored both the goals in a 2-0 win over FA Cup-holders Wigan at Wembley in the season’s official curtain-raiser.
The former Everton boss said: “I class that as another piece of of silverware for Sir Alex. It was his team who won the Premier League so I see today as a trophy for Sir Alex though I was in charge but the ones going forward will be down to me.
“We limited Wigan to very few opportunities but I was looking for us to create more opportunities ourselves but overall we kept a clean sheet and did the job.”
Moyes, questioned inevitably about Wayne Rooney, refuted reports that “I had fallen our with Wayne” and reiterated his insistence that the striker would not be sold.
Rooney had not recovered sufficiently from a shoulder injury to play any part against Wigan but Moyes thought he would be fit enough to play “a chunk” of England’s FA anniversary friendly against Scotland on Wednesday.
Moyes, stating that Rooney had trained this past week with the reserves at his own request, added: “[The England match] will be great for Manchester United because Wayne will get some playing time.”
Moyes was full of praise for both the potential of Wilfried Zaha and Afnan Januzaj and for the two-goal contribution of Dutch striker Robin Van Persie.
Van Persie thought victory had underlined United’s status as favourites to retain the Premier League title.
He said: “I believe in this team. We are the champions and based on that we are clear favourites. It’s always nice to score, especially at Wembley. It was a great day for the fans, for us and for the manager as well. All of us.
“One day, one game and we’ve won a trophy so it’s good. I’m really glad for everyone.”
Wigan manager Owen Coyle has no doubt about the success ahead for his old friend Moyes.
Coyle said: “He’ll take Manchester United from strength to strength. He was the right man for the job and it’s great for young, up-and-coming British managers to see Manchester United go with David Moyes.
“I know he’ll be successful – though I had hoped it would be after today.”