United show form and fight

Man United's Luis Nani lifts the ball over Joe Hart to equalise against Man City at Wembley, during United's 3-2 Community Shield win. - (Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Man United's Luis Nani lifts the ball over Joe Hart to equalise against Man City at Wembley, during United's 3-2 Community Shield win. - (Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

 

Man United 3 Man City 2: Nani struck his second goal in stoppage time as Manchester United came from 2-0 down to beat arch-rivals Manchester City 3-2 in the Community Shield. The Portugal international broke clear from the halfway line in the fourth minute of time added on to follow up his sublime equaliser earlier in the second half.

City had secured a 2-0 lead through goals from Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko but Chris Smalling halved the deficit after the break before Nani took centre stage.

"This is United, we all believe until the last minute and the attitude of the lads in the second half was that everyone believed we could score," Nani told Sky Sports 1 afterwards. "It is good to play against Man City and win like that. I think our fans will be so proud of us, it is a beautiful day to enjoy."

United striker Wayne Rooney admitted the win was sweeter because of the opposition.

"Of course," he said. "Obviously they are going to try to fight us for that (Premier League) title. They scored two goals from nowhere but we showed character to win the game."

United boss Alex Ferguson was reluctant to criticise De Gea for the second City goal.

"Well it was bending a little bit...it's difficult to say," he said. "I certainly thought our performance throughout was very good in terms of the football. I couldn't believe we were 2-0 down at half-time after it looked to me like we were controlling the game.

"But credit to the players, they kept their heads, played football and got the result we deserved."

De Gea insists he is having no problems adapting to English football.

When asked whether he was experiencing problems getting to grips with the English game, the 20-year-old said: "No, football is football here and in any country. I have to adapt quickly and improve on the whole of my game."

De Gea, who signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford following his move from Atletico Madrid in June, brushed off the importance of conceding two first-half goals.

"The two goals we conceded in the first half stopped us in our tracks but in the second half we were able to claw back and I think that's the important thing. I'm very happy about the victory."

The highlight of the game was Nani's first and De Gea was impressed with the calibre of the goal.

"It was a beautiful goal and the lads in the dressing room were very happy," he added.