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Chris Bevan | 21:39 UK time, Sunday, 7 August 2011


There may have been a few unfamiliar faces wearing red shirts during Manchester United's thrilling win over Manchester City in the Community Shield, but there was nothing new about the manner Sir Alex Ferguson's men went about their Wembley victory.

Resilience and a never-say-die attitude have become a trademark of Ferguson's teams in his 25 years in charge at Old Trafford and, while we will learn more about the quality of the latest squad he has built over the course of the coming season, his players proved by recovering from two goals down to beat City on Sunday that they have the appetite for the sort of fightback that their manager relishes.

We saw the continuation of another recognisable Ferguson tradition too - his willingness to turn to youth. His team had an average age of 22 by the time Nani ran clear to snatch victory deep into injury time, and for 20 minutes before Dimitar Berbatov's late cameo, 26-year-old Ashley Young was the oldest United player on the pitch.

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