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Manchester United 2-0 Wigan: Player ratings from the Community Shield – have your say

Michael Regan – The FA

Robin van Persie picked up where he left off at the end of last season with two goals at Wembley as Manchester United beat FA Cup winners Wigan to lift the Community Shield.

The Dutchman headed United in front in the first half, before doubling their lead in the second thanks to a deflection.

In a match that Wayne Rooney miss – ostensibly through injury – RvP cemented his place at United’s most lethal goal-getter, and our man at Wembley Darren Lewis picked him out as the man of the match.

But has Darren got it right? How would you rate the players? Have your say in our shiny new player ratings widget below.

Manchester United OUR RATING YOUR RATING

David De Gea

A spectator for much of the match with most of the action at theother end. The biggest danger to the Spaniard was the risk of sunburn

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  • 10 Rafael

    Bright and sharp early on with a couple of forays to put the Wiganfull-backs under pressure. Then forced off by injury after just a quarterof an hour

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    • 10 Phil Jones

      Moved out to the right after Rafael limped out of the match early.Good contest against McClean

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      • 10 Nemanja Vidic

        Solid in his battle with Grant Holt during the first half and thestriker’s replacement, Marc-Antoine Fortune in the second

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        • 10 Patrice Evra

          Peach of a sixth-minute cross from the left to set up Robin van Persie for the Dutchman’s first goal of the season. Lovely ball inside for Cleverley to see up Welbeck on 37 minutes. Defensively sound as well

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          • 10 Tom Cleverley

            Neat link-up play in the middle of the park. Teed up Welbeck in the first half and Van Persie in the second. Growing steadily inconfidence

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            • 10 Michael Carrick

              Unfussy but effective as always. Always reliable in the centre ofthe park with his economy of passing

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              • 10 Ryan Giggs

                A 30th-minute Zaha cross just too high for him but Giggs as usualclassy and composed. Replaced by Anderson in the second half

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                • 10 Wilfried Zaha

                  On the face of it all pace, invention and creativity as he gave Stephen Crainey at full-back a torrid time. But he did give the ball awayunnecessarily in bad areas

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                  • 10 Mirror PickRobin van Persie

                    Fabulous sixth-minute header to put his side ahead. Fortunatewith his second, a deflected effort off Perch. But made his own luck. Terrific work rate

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                    • 10 Danny Welbeck

                      Unlucky not to get on the end of Zaha’s 14th-minute cross from theright. Forced a fine save from Scott Carson with a snapshot eight minutesbefore the break

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                        Scott Carson

                        Beaten by an unchallenged Robin van Persie for United’s opener butsuper save from Danny Welbeck eight minutes before half time to keep histeam in it

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                        • 10 Emmerson Boyce

                          Good header back across a packed United box from a free-kick. Amongseveral players rooted to the spot as Van Persie headed in unmarked for hisfirst goal

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                          • 10 James Perch

                            Unlucky to deflect Robin van Persie’s effort into his own net justbefore the hour. Decent enough performance alongside Boyce but, like Boyce,caught-ball-watching for the first goal

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                            • 10 Leon Barnett

                              Unlucky not to direct Boyce’s header across goal into the Unitednet just before half time. A difficult afternoon trying to cope withUnited’s movement

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                              • 10 Stephen Crainey

                                Poor touch on a rare, 20th-minute, Wigan attack to ultimately losepossession. Needed the help of James McClean to cope with Zaha maraudingforward

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                                • 10 James McCarthy

                                  Not a performance to match his towering reputation. Muted byUnited’s class and efficiency. No real impact on the Reds’ backline

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                                  • 10 Ben Watson

                                    The match winner against the other Manchester club back in May butnot such a happy time this afternoon. Plenty of effort and endeavour but noreal penetration against a United team in second gear. Replaced on the hourby Chris McCann

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                                    • 10 James McArthur

                                      Booked just after half time. But did little of note before that as his side were outclassed by the Premier League champions

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                                      • 10 Shaun Maloney

                                        A battling, industrious – and at times skilfull – performance in midfield without ever really hurting United. Could yet find himself up against United again this season with three weeks of the window left

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                                        • 10 Grant Holt

                                          Good contest between the former Norwich striker and Nemanja Vidic butultimately the United man came out on top with Wigan unable to provide good enough service

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                                          • 10 James McClean

                                            Went for power with his 35th-minute ball into Grant Holt at thenear post when a simple cushioned effort would have given his team-mate agreat chance. Grew into the game

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David Moyes dedicates first piece of Manchester United silverware to Alex Fersugon

Michael Regan – The FA 

Goal hero Van Persie told ITV after the game he hoped the win would be the catalyst for a successful season at Old Trafford.

"We’re doing really well and I believe in this team," he said.

"We are the champions and based on that we are clear favourites.

"I believe in this team and I believe that we will compete until the end again."

"It’s always nice to score, especially at Wembley. It’s 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.

"Last year I scored a couple of headers, not too many so I have to improve on that. I think it went in quite nice."

Ryan Giggs added: "It was a very professional performance.

"We were a bit disappointed pre-season, letting a few goals in, so the main objective was to get a clean sheet. We wanted to do that as a team. Work hard, get behind the ball and I think we did that.

"We just know we’ve got good players in the team. It’s always hard when you’re champions, you’ve got to reproduce the form that you showed last year and I hope we do that."

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Why Liverpool should rinse away the stain that is Luis Suarez – Andy Dunn

Julian Hamilton / Daily Mirror

ditto Luis ­Suarez – even though the defiant stance of John W Henry appears to have met widespread ­approval.

Henry said: “We like to buy stuff, not to sell.”

And they do buy. The Boston Red Sox baseball team, TV company New England Sports Network, 50 per cent of a NASCAR team, real estate and a management company.

Henry – from his own pocket – has just shelled out £46million for the Boston Globe ­newspaper.

But owning Liverpool Football Club is not about buying “stuff”. It is about retaining the club’s ­wonderful integrity.

And rinsing away would help do just that.

Gazza not the only fallen star struggling

While Gazza’s plight is rarely out of the news, it is worth ­remembering that there is a whole lot of ­former ­footballers struck early by illness.

Such as Gary Parkinson. Highlighted byGordon Taylor, 45-year-old ­Parkinson – after suffering a stroke – has locked-in syndrome, a condition where someone is aware and awake but cannot move or communicate.

And the other day I read of a charity football tournament in the name of Alan Ainscow, a fine pro with Blackpool, Birmingham, Everton and Wolves.

Alan, 60, has prostate cancer, which has spread to his bones, but he and his family organised a seven-a-side tournament to raise funds for the fight against the disease.

“We had about 1,000 people turn up – it was a great day,” said Alan, now being treated with a hopefully revolutionary drug.

Just as we do with ­Gazza, we wish him well.

Rickie Lambert deserves his England call-up

Anational team should always be evolving. But it should also be a reward– a reward for people such as 31-year-old Rickie Lambert.

Alex Livesey

Who cares if he is not the future? If he is not going to tear it up in Brazil nextyear? If his appearance against Scotland is the old two-cap game … first and last?

Imagine thethrill of telling his daughter Bella that she was born on the same day he was first selected to play for his country. Now, that is what representing England is all about.

Am I the only one who doesn’t mind Hull’s name change?

Assem Allam – owner of Hull-based Premier League club, the Tigers – said: “It gives you power in the science of marketing.”

And will make you a laughing stock if you perform like pussycats.

But I’m in a tiny minority here.

If,by investing a lot of cash, new owners are prepared to save badly run clubs, then cosmetic marketing changes (badge change, kit colour change,even name change) are a small price for traditionalists to pay.

A-Rod’s ban sends a powerful message

As there are 162 games in baseball’s season, – for use of performance-enhancing drugs – is not as draconian as it first seems.

But the ban – being appealed by Rodriguez – is still a powerful statement from Major League Baseball.

What was evenmore powerful was the declaration from MLB commissioner Bud Selig that the sport is “a social institution with enormous social responsibilities”.

For baseball in America, read football in Britain.

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England football manager Roy Hodgson gets green light to play Arsenal's Jack Wilshere – but it comes with a heavy hint

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Roy Hodgson has been given the only his second England start in 26 months on Wednesday.

But the Three Lions chief is aware that he cannot afford to risk losing the planned fulcrum of his side for the looming World Cup qualifiers.

And as new FA chairman Greg Dyke hinted that making the last eight of the World Cup may be required for Hodgson to be sure of keeping his job, the pressure on the England boss ahead of the clash with Scotland was raised another notch.

Wilshere’s only start since the 2-2 Euro 2012 qualifying draw with Switzerland in June 2011 came in last February’s Wembley win over Brazil.

Indeed, since making his debut against Hungary in August 2010, Wilshere has amassed just seven appearances adding up to less than seven hours in an England shirt.

The Arsenal star’s appearance against Brazil, though, sparked England’s best display under Hodgson, giving the midfield balance the manager has been craving since taking over last year.

Wilshere has been nursed through Arsenal’s pre-season campaign after last term’s latest bout of ankle surgery, although he played the first half of

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Southampton 4-3 Real Sociedad: England's newest striker Rickie Lambert is "different machine" says Saints pal

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Southampton’s veteran goalkeeper Kelvin Davis claims Rickie Lambert is a "different machine" to the one that arrived at the club as a lower league striker.

Lambert’s room-mate reckons the 31 year old striker will take for the friendly against Scotland this week at 31 in his stride.

Davis said: "Rickie is that type of character and nothing seems to faze him. I do not think playing for England is going to faze him either.

"The thing is he has worked extremely hard since he came to us from Bristol Rovers quite late in his career.

"Every manager from Alan Pardew onwards has added something to his game and he has taken it all on board.

"Mentallyand physically he is a different machine from the one who first came here from the lower divisions and it is nice for us all when you get that call for your country at the end of a long journey.

"I was buzzing for him and so were all the lads. With Rickie being called up, it is a special time for all of us at the club.

"Thetiming of the friendly can be questioned but in terms of what it will do for the likes of Rickie and our squad it is massive. It is a great opportunity for him."

 

"Rickie is a lad who is humble and willing to work hard for his opportunities. He is also a regular guy as well.

"Ifyou bumped into him in the street you would not pick him out as a professional footballer from the type of car he drives to the house he lives in. "

Lambert’s build-up to the biggest day of his career could have been better, picking up a yellow card and taken off at half time in the win over Real Socieded.

Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jos Hooiveld and Jason Puncheon got the Saints goals afterthe Spaniards had come back from 3-0 down. 

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Manchester United 2-0 Wigan: One-dimensional champions missing Wayne Rooney writes Oliver Holt – Oliver Holt

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When the questions about Wayne Rooney started in afternoon, David Moyes set his jaw.

The new Manchester United manager has a piercing stare in moments like that and he trained it on everyone who spoke up.

He said that, contrary to expectation, he was enjoying talking about Rooney because so much of what has been said and written has been misleading.

He was asked whether his position remained that Rooney would not be sold this summer.

"Correct," he said.

Itwas an emphatic ‘correct’, too. The kind that comes in capital letters.The kind that suggested he felt no need to elaborate.

Moyes’ position is entirely understandable.

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Everton season preview: What would constitute success for Roberto Martinez in his first season? – David Anderson

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After David Moyes pulled white rabbits out of hats season after season, Evertonians are now looking to see if Roberto Martinez can be just as skilful a magician.

Moyes’ 11-year reign at Goodison Park consistently saw Everton punch above their weight in the Premier League and he guided the Blues to fourth in 2005.

It’s a tough act for Martinez to follow and some Evertonians are anxious because he took Wigan down last season after eight years in the top flight.

The biggest issue Martinez had at the DW – and one he never really got to grips with – was defending and the Latics consistently conceded too many goals.

The Spaniard is fortunate to inherit such a solid backline at Everton and his addition of Antolin Alcaraz on a free from his old club strengthens it further as well as giving him the option of playing three at the back.

Martinez is tactically astute and coaches his players in being able to play more than one way to suit each particular game.

He also believes passionately in playing passing, attractive football and Evertonians will enjoy watching their side this season.

Arouna Kone and loan signing Gerard Deulofeu fit this mould and Kone will provide some much-needed support for Nikica Jelavic, while he can also operate as a lone frontman.

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Joel Robles is another astute signing and showed last season that he has the potential to be a top Premier League goalkeeper.

These four make Everton’s squad stronger, although the Blues have been weakened in the dressing room by the loss of the hugely-experienced and professional Phil Neville.

Key to Everton’s hopes will be making sure Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini do not follow Neville to Old Trafford.

Martinez has been bullish about Manchester United’s interest in the pair, insisting Moyes has not made any approach since being rebuffed for Baines last month.

But much can happen with the closing of the transfer window three weeks away and Moyes has still to make his mark in terms of marquee signings this summer.

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Losing Baines and Fellaini would seriously weaken Everton and leave them struggling to finish in the top half of the table.

Both were outstanding last season and Fellaini just about outshone Baines in terms of who was Everton’s best player.

The Blues need another big season from the Belgian, who has everything in his locker to be one of the top midfielders in the Premier League.

The only question mark for me over Fellaini was his temperament and he let himself be rattled when he played Stoke and needs to cope better with being a marked man.

What are the fans expectations?

Martinez has boldly predicted he can guide Everton into the Champions League.

That is a huge ask, given the resources of Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal, who I believe will fight it out for fourth this season.

Season predictions

I think the Champions League is beyond Everton without serious financial investment, but Europe is a possibility.

Everton can aim for fifth or sixth, but I think ultimately, seventh is more realistic, which would still be a great first season in charge for Martinez.

Don’t bet against them in the Cups and Martinez’s FA Cup success last season with Wigan was one hell of an achievement.

He has shown repeatedly he can outfox the bigger boys in one-off occasions and Everton could enjoy a run to one of the Cup semis this season.

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