The curtain raiser to the Premier League season produced an absolute thriller as Manchester United came back from 2-0 down to defeat their great rivals in the Community Shield, at Wembley Stadium.
Sir Alex Ferguson must have wondered what hit him in the first half that was largely dominated by the Champions, but goals from Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko gave their rivals City a 2-0 advantage going into half-time.
The game certainly proved a baptism of fire for United goalkeeper, David De Gea, who was certainly at fault for both goals and Fergie will be hoping that the young Spaniard regains his confidence and composure ahead of next week’s opener.
It must have been a strange teamtalk for Ferguson to give, with United the better of the two teams, but fortunately it wasn’t long into the second half before Chris Smalling brought United back into the game with an excellent finish beyond Joe Hart. The goal galvanised United into action and they didn’t take long to notch up an equaliser with a wonderful team effort finished off by Nani.
The last half hour was end to end with City slowing becoming the stronger side in the last 15mins, but just as penalties were looming large, Nani punished Vincent Kompany’s error to nick the winner deep into stoppage time.
The result will certainly have no psychological bearing on the football season, but it has certainly whetted supporter’s appetite for the big Premier League Kick Off next Saturday.