Wayne Rooney alleged that his Manchester United side provided City a “footballing lesson” in the Community Shield.
United accumulated an imposing return to win 3-2 versus their competitors Manchester City, who had got the guide through a Joleon Lescott header, when David De Gea was doubtful, and a long-range hit from Edin Dzeko that held the Spanish shot-stopper off guard.
However, the Red Devils rallied in the second half to claim triumph as Chris Smalling diverted home and then Nani finished a fine passing move to level the score line. Nani sealed the victory in the dying times as he charged clear.
Rooney informed BBC Radio 5 Live after United’s 302 win, “This shows who the best team is – all game we dominated. The young lads made the difference – Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling – they were all outstanding.”
He added on Twitter, “I think this was a footballing lesson.”
United has to come from two goals down, although Rooney still considers they outplayed their competitors.
Rooney said, “They had five minutes where they scored two goals, and that was about it. The score-line is deserved because of our passing, and the brilliant chances we created. We are champions and we are the team to beat – we need to go out and prove that.”
“Full credit to the whole team, that’s our attitude. We never know when a game is finished. We hope title number 20 will come. But it’s a long season and there’s a lot of good teams in the league. Our main aim is to win that title again.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, United manager was reluctant to criticize goalkeeper De Gea following his performance.
Ferguson said, “Well, it was bending a little bit … it’s difficult to say.”
De Gea said, when inquired whether he was experiencing troubles getting to grips with the English game: “No, football is football here and in any country. I have to adapt quickly and improve on the whole of my game. The two goals we conceded in the first half stopped us in our tracks but in the second half we were able to claw back and I think that’s the important thing. I’m very happy about the victory.”
Ferguson further said, “I certainly thought our performance throughout was very good in terms of the football. I couldn’t believe we were 2-0 down at half-time after it looked to me like we were controlling the game. But credit to the players, they kept their heads, played football and got the result we deserved.”
Two-goal hero Nani informed the Sky Sports, “This is United, we all believe until the last minute and the attitude of the lads in the second half was that everyone believed we could score. It is good to play against Man City and win like that. I think our fans today will be so proud of us, it is a beautiful day to enjoy.”