8 Aug 2011

United beat City to win Community Shield

6:26 am on 8 August 2011

Manchester United underlined their determination to hold off Premier League title rivals Manchester City as Nani's last-gasp winner clinched a 3-2 victory in English football's Community Shield.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side trailed 2-nil at halftime after big-spending City took advantage of poor goalkeeping from new signing David De Gea to score through Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko.

But United had been the better side for much of the first period and the champions tore into City after the break, equalising thanks to goals from Chris Smalling and Nani before the Portuguese winger snatched the stoppage time winner.

It was the perfect way for United, who have won this curtain-raiser to the English season four times in the last five years, to conclude their pre-season programme ahead of the start of the Premier League campaign next weekend.