Robin van Persie scored twice against Wigan to give David Moyes his first trophy as Manchester United manager in a comfortable 2-0 Community Shield win at Wembley.
There was no Wayne Rooney in the United squad as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury with Ashley Young and Nani also rested due to various niggles.
But United won without too much fuss courtesy of their predatory Dutch forward, who netted his eighth goal in six games against last season’s FA Cup winners.
Van Persie flicked a pass out to Patrice Evra before dashing into the opposition area to direct a header into the corner of the net on six minutes.
He killed off Wigan with a second goal on 59 minutes when he turned on the edge of the opposition box to shoot. Wigan goalkeeper Scott Carson was left with no chance as the ball wrong-footed him via the boot of the unfortunate James Perch.
Wigan have now beaten Manchester United only once in 18 attempts in all competitions, losing the other 17. Owen Coyle’s side could not really grumble with this outcome.
The first half was not exactly overflowing with chances at either end, but United could easily have moved two to the good on 16 minutes when Leon Barnett did wonderfully well to cut out a cross from Wilfried Zaha with Danny Welbeck threatening to score from close range.
Wigan did little or nothing in attempting to unsettle United, but James McClean did produce a piercing cross on 35 minutes that saw Grant Holt foul Evra in trying to connect with the loose ball.
United lost Rafael to injury early in the first half and his replacement Chris Smalling was almost caught out when he mistimed the bounce of the ball before half-time.
McClean hammered across the face of goal, but there were no takers on hand to convert for Wigan in the middle with too many of the Championship club’s players failing to take a risk to read the former Sunderland player’s movements.
A fairly tepid first period ended with Carson plunging to his left to repel a Welbeck shot after some clever approach work by Tom Cleverley, but United assumed control for large swathes of the second period with goalkeeper David De Gea having no saves of note to make.
Wigan did not disgrace themselves under new manager Coyle, but there was little prospect of them repeating the 1-0 win over Manchester City that earned them a place in this traditional curtain-raiser to the English season.
They appear to have altered their style from the passing one that saw them relegated under Roberto Martinez last season, but perhaps their willingness to be more direct was due to their opponents and the occasion.
They continue their Championship campaign at Bournemouth on Saturday after shredding Barnsley 4-0 last weekend.
United look in fine fettle as they prepare to open the defence of their Premier League at Swansea on Saturday.
Moyes confirmed afterwards that the absent Rooney – who apparently continues to prompt interest from Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea – could feature for England against Scotland at the national stadium in midweek despite being deemed unfit for this match.
Whether or not he will return in Wales six days from now remains to be seen.
Moyes looked content to revel in clasping his first pot having previously won only the Second Division title with Preston North End.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Robin Van Persie (Manchester United): Two goals earns Van Persie – scorer of 30 goals in 48 games last season – the nod, but special mentions should be reserved for the trademark classiness of Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick at the heart of the United midfield.
Manchester United: De Gea 6, Rafael 5, Vidic 7, Jones 7, Evra 7, Giggs 8, Carrick 8, Cleverley 7, Zaha 6, Van Persie 8, Welbeck 7. Subs: Anderson 6, Smalling 6, Valencia 6, Januzaj 6, Kagawa 7
Wigan Athletic: Carson 7, Boyce 6, Barnett 6, Perch 6, Crainey 6, Watson 6, McArthur 6, McCarthy 6, McClean 7, Holt 5, Maloney 6. Subs: Gomez 6, Espinoza 6, McCann 6, McManaman 6, Fortune 5, Dicko 6
Source : Desmond Kane | Eurosport