Robin van Persie ensured the David Moyes era at Manchester United began with a trophy as Wigan were beaten in the FA Community Shield at Wembley.
New United boss Moyes has spent most of his summer discussing the future of Wayne Rooney, but back on the pitch it was last year's top scorer Van Persie who again proved the difference.
The Dutchman took just six minutes to open his account for the new season, steering a powerful header into the corner from Patrice Evra's clipped cross.
"It was an excellent performance from Manchester United. They dominated Wigan, who did not put David De Gea in the Manchester United goal under any pressure. There were many positives for David Moyes. The win has relieved a little bit of pressure on him."
And while Championship side Wigan impressed for periods, Van Persie settled the contest after the break when he fired in via a deflection.
In truth, a victory against last season's surprise FA Cup winners was the minimum required from Moyes's meaningful debut in the United dugout as he began the ominous task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.
And while his side looked sharp in spells - with veteran Ryan Giggs particularly impressive in the opening stages - Moyes may have been concerned by the ease with which Wigan controlled the ball either side of half-time.
Owen Coyle's team were comfortable during that period and, had summer signings Grant Holt and James McClean linked up with more accuracy, could have caused United more problems.
Once Van Persie found a second goal for United, though, the game was won, leaving Moyes to contemplate his first managerial honour since guiding Preston North End to the Division Two title in 2000.
The discussion will now inevitably return to the status of Rooney, who was deemed unfit to feature with a shoulder injury sustained in his sole pre-season run-out for United, but fit enough to play at least some part for England back in this stadium on Wednesday against Scotland.
Van Persie versus Wigan
Robin van Persie has scored seven goals in his last six games against Wigan Athletic.
United started like champions, with the first goal of the Moyes era coming from a predictable source.
Van Persie started the move by spinning a pass out to Evra on the left wing before making his way into the area. Evra looked up and picked out the Dutchman, who evaded his markers to power in a wonderful header from 15 yards.
It was a fabulous finish and threatened to all but end the contest before it had really begun.
For the following quarter of an hour Wigan - with Holt left increasingly isolated up front - were left chasing shadows as the impressive Wilfried Zaha, Giggs and Danny Welbeck interchanged at will behind Van Persie.
But the storm was weathered by the Latics, who ended the half on top with McClean twice putting in testing balls across the face of goal which Holt could not reach.
When David De Gea flapped at a set-piece to allow Emmerson Boyce and then Leon Barnett a chance to head at goal, Wigan will have felt hopeful of getting back into the game.
And it was the Championship side who continued to set the agenda after the break until Van Persie struck again in the 59th minute.
Again Evra started the move, linking with Tom Cleverley on the left before finding Welbeck on the edge of the area. The England man could have shot but played it to Van Persie, who, despite having four defenders in close attendance, was able to turn on to his left foot and fire in a low shot which took a deflection off the heel of James Perch and wrong-footed Scott Carson.
That signalled a comfortable end to proceedings, with both sides making changes and former Latics midfielder Antonio Valencia going closest to a third goal when he shot wide.
United will face a sterner test at Swansea on Saturday, while for Wigan it is back to life in the second tier at Bournemouth.
Wigan manager Owen Coyle:
"We always knew that it would be a tough afternoon, we conceded an unbelievable finish. The header could only go in one place. But we had a good spell either side of it and United got a fortuitous second goal which finished the game.
"We are trying to get back to playing these elite teams every week. We are building a good side here, I am still looking to add to that, though my chief executive may not want to hear that!
"There is a lot we can take from today's game. James McClean wants to focus on his football and he was pleasing on the eye. He caused them problems and could have scored."
Manchester United manager David Moyes:
"I class that as another piece of silverware for Sir Alex. It was his team that won the league by 13-15 points so it's his team. The ones going forward will be down to me.
"Wilfried Zaha has done well in pre-season and it was right for him to feature today. He picked up an injury. We are looking forward to using him as the season goes on."
- 01 De Gea
- 02 Rafael (Smalling - 16' )
- 03 Evra
- 04 Jones
- 15 Vidic
- 11 Giggs (Anderson - 67' )
- 16 Carrick
- 23 Cleverley Booked
- 19 Welbeck (Kagawa - 83' )
- 20 Van Persie (Januzaj - 84' )
- 29 Zaha (Valencia - 61' )
- 13 Lindegaard
- 06 Evans
- 12 Smalling
- 08 Anderson
- 25 Valencia
- 26 Kagawa
- 44 Januzaj
- 01 Carson
- 03 Crainey
- 17 Boyce
- 24 Perch
- 25 Barnett
- 04 McCarthy (Dicko - 86' )
- 08 Watson (Espinoza - 71' Booked )
- 16 McArthur Booked (McCann - 61' )
- 09 Holt (Fortune - 61' )
- 10 Maloney (Gomez - 71' )
- 11 McClean (McManaman - 62' )
- 13 Nicholls
- 07 McCann
- 14 Gomez
- 18 Espinoza
- 29 Dicko
- 15 McManaman
- 32 Fortune
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee ends the match.90:00 +3:54
Adnan Januzaj takes a short corner.90:00 +3:06
Clearance made by Nouha Dicko.90:00 +2:35
The ball is crossed by Adnan Januzaj.90:00 +2:13
Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.90:00 +1:32
The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey.90:00 +1:28
Jordi Gomez takes a short corner.90:00 +1:12
Short corner taken by Jordi Gomez.90:00 +0:31
Jordi Gomez restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +0:24
Tom Cleverley shown a yellow card.90:00 +0:24 Booking
Unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Tom Cleverley results in a free kick.90:00 +0:14
Emmerson Boyce makes a clearance.89:52
Clearance by Michael Carrick.89:50
Free kick crossed by Jordi Gomez.89:31
Foul by Antonio Valencia on Jordi Gomez, free kick awarded.89:22
Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.88:49
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adnan Januzaj on Leon Barnett.88:11
Michael Carrick takes the free kick.87:56
Roger Espinoza receives a yellow card.
Foul by Roger Espinoza on Tom Cleverley, free kick awarded.86:56
Clearance made by Antonio Valencia.86:39
Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.86:37
The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra.85:26
Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.85:12 Substitution
Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Nouha Dicko coming on for James McCarthy.84:37
Unfair challenge on Emmerson Boyce by Chris Smalling results in a free kick.84:36
Shinji Kagawa takes a weak shot and went wide right of the goal.84:32
The ball is delivered by Michael Carrick.84:30
Short corner worked by Adnan Januzaj.83:15
Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.83:12 Substitution
Substitution Adnan Januzaj is brought on as a substitute for Robin van Persie.82:59 Substitution
Substitution Shinji Kagawa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Welbeck.82:26
Foul by Jordi Gomez on Oliveira Anderson, free kick awarded.80:08
Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.79:59
Leon Barnett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck.77:37
Phil Jones restarts play with the free kick.77:35
James McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones.77:20
Leon Barnett restarts play with the free kick.77:13
Danny Welbeck concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmerson Boyce.76:10
Marc-Antoine Fortune manages to make a clearance.75:08
A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia.72:19
Shot by Roger Espinoza went wide of the left-hand post.72:15
Clearance made by Patrice Evra.72:15
A cross is delivered by Callum McManaman.72:10
Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.72:08
Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.71:34
Michael Carrick challenges Roger Espinoza unfairly and gives away a free kick.70:46 Substitution
Substitution Roger Espinoza replaces Ben Watson.70:28 Substitution
Substitution Jordi Gomez is brought on as a substitute for Shaun Maloney.70:02
Clearance by Marc-Antoine Fortune.69:33
Scott Carson takes the free kick.68:58
Unfair challenge on Callum McManaman by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick.68:53
Clearance made by Stephen Crainey.68:47
Corner from the taken by Tom Cleverley.68:24
Antonio Valencia takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Stephen Crainey gets a block in.68:20
Clearance made by James Perch.68:13
Callum McManaman manages to make a clearance.66:52
Shaun Maloney makes a clearance.66:30 Substitution
Substitution Oliveira Anderson replaces Ryan Giggs.65:33
James Perch makes a clearance.64:10
Clearance by Stephen Crainey.64:08
Centre by Antonio Valencia.63:57
Ryan Giggs manages to make a clearance.59:50 Substitution
Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Callum McManaman coming on for James McClean.61:03
Clearance by James McCarthy.59:40 Substitution
Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Chris McCann coming on for James McArthur.60:43
Clearance made by Chris Smalling.60:27
The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia.59:47 Substitution
Substitution Marc-Antoine Fortune comes on in place of Grant Holt.60:04 Substitution
Substitution Antonio Valencia joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wilfried Zaha.58:23
Danny Welbeck provided the assist for the goal.58:23 Goal scored
Goal! - Robin van Persie - Man Utd 2 - 0 Wigan Robin van Persie slots the ball left footed into the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Wigan.57:09
Clearance by Leon Barnett.57:07
Ryan Giggs makes a clearance.57:06
Clearance by James Perch.56:43
Clearance made by Leon Barnett.56:39
Centre by Wilfried Zaha.54:55
Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.54:47
Phil Jones challenges James McClean unfairly and gives away a free kick.54:16
Robin van Persie makes a clearance.54:13
Corner taken by Ben Watson.53:41
James McClean sends in a cross.53:39
Clearance made by Chris Smalling.52:36
James McClean produces a cross.51:23
Ryan Giggs makes a clearance.51:22
The ball is sent over by Ben Watson.51:18
Ben Watson restarts play with the free kick.50:56
Ryan Giggs challenges Emmerson Boyce unfairly and gives away a free kick.49:55
Shot by Tom Cleverley went wide of the right-hand upright.49:39
Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.49:26 Booking
James McArthur receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.49:22
James McArthur gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck.49:16
Clearance made by Phil Jones.48:06
Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.48:05
Ben Watson crosses the ball in from the free kick.47:36
Wilfried Zaha concedes a free kick for a foul on James McClean.46:25
Ben Watson takes the free kick.45:57
Wilfried Zaha gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McClean.45:01
The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.45:00 +1:10 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.44:52
Clearance made by Chris Smalling.44:07
Clearance by Nemanja Vidic.44:06
The ball is swung over by Shaun Maloney.44:02
Clearance by Robin van Persie.44:00
A cross is delivered by Shaun Maloney.43:36
Free kick crossed by Ben Watson.42:48
Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney.42:12
Clearance made by Ryan Giggs.41:51
Clearance made by Michael Carrick.39:53
Clearance by Robin van Persie.39:51
James McClean crosses the ball in from the free kick.38:19
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nemanja Vidic on Shaun Maloney.37:33
Header at goal by Danny Welbeck misses to the right.37:30
Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie.37:09
James McClean makes a clearance.37:05
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Parried by Scott Carson back into danger.36:40
Michael Carrick takes the free kick.36:27
Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Chris Smalling.34:44
The ball is crossed by James McClean.31:45
Free kick taken by David De Gea.31:22
James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic.31:19
The ball is crossed by James McClean.30:53
Clearance made by Phil Jones.29:58
The ball is sent over by Wilfried Zaha.29:41
Leon Barnett makes a clearance.27:45
Clearance by Ben Watson.27:43
Clearance made by James Perch.27:00
James Perch manages to make a clearance.26:40
Phil Jones takes the free kick.26:26
Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by James McCarthy results in a free kick.25:24
The ball is swung over by Phil Jones.23:59
Grant Holt makes a clearance.23:36
Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.23:36
The ball is sent over by James McClean.21:20
Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.21:14
Foul by James McClean on Wilfried Zaha, free kick awarded.21:08
The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey.21:08
Chris Smalling makes a clearance.19:30
Free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.19:14
Grant Holt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra.17:47
Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.17:40
James McCarthy manages to make a clearance.17:00
Phil Jones restarts play with the free kick.16:38
Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Grant Holt results in a free kick.15:49
Clearance by Emmerson Boyce.15:44
Corner taken by Ryan Giggs.15:37 Substitution
Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Chris Smalling coming on for Rafael Da Silva.14:07
Leon Barnett makes a clearance.14:02
The ball is delivered by Wilfried Zaha.7:46
Patrice Evra makes a clearance.7:45
James McClean sends in a cross.7:40
Emmerson Boyce delivers the ball.7:10
Ryan Giggs sends in a cross.5:56
The assist for the goal came from Patrice Evra.5:56 Goal scored
Goal! - Robin van Persie - Man Utd 1 - 0 Wigan Robin van Persie scores a headed goal. Man Utd 1-0 Wigan.5:54
The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra.5:29
Ben Watson makes a clearance.5:26
Rafael Da Silva crosses the ball.4:33
Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.3:55
Phil Jones challenges James McCarthy unfairly and gives away a free kick.3:23
Danny Welbeck manages to make a clearance.2:55
Clearance made by Rafael Da Silva.2:27
Clearance by James McCarthy.2:24
Clearance by Stephen Crainey.0:21
Michael Carrick makes a clearance.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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