LONDON (AP) — However — and whenever — David Moyes' Manchester United career ends, the first trophy he lifted is unlikely to be considered a defining moment.
In fact, Moyes considers the Community Shield — collected on Sunday after United beat Wigan 2-0 — to be the 50th and final title of Alex Ferguson's illustrious managerial career that ended in May.
"It was his team that won the Premier League," Moyes said, "so today's is really Sir Alex's."
"The ones going forward will be down to me. So big thank you for Sir Alex getting me into this position."
For the former Everton manager, who was hand-picked by Ferguson to succeed him after nearly 27 years at Old Trafford, the traditional meeting of the league and FA Cup winners at Wembley Stadium to open the English season was all about avoiding embarrassment.
And Robin van Persie's double against the FA Cup winners will lift some of the anxieties around United following a lackluster run of pre-season results before its Premier League title defense begins next weekend.
"I've been really impressed with Robin," Moyes said. "He's been easy to work with. He's been really receptive and helpful."
The sixth-minute header and second-half deflected strike reinforced Van Persie's status as United's leading striker during Wayne Rooney's absence.
The future of Rooney was the biggest issue Ferguson left Moyes to resolve.
The former Everton manager has been steadfast through an offseason of agitating by the unsettled striker that he would not be sold, with two bids from Chelsea rejected.
Rooney was ruled out of all the official preseason fixtures and Sunday's match due to hamstring and shoulder problems.
But, adding to the mystery, Moyes said that while Rooney is in line to play for England against Scotland on Wednesday, he's unlikely to be fit for United's Premier League opener at Swansea on Saturday.
"I don't see why you think that's confusing," Moyes said at a post-match media conference dominated by questions about Rooney's future.
Moyes said: "Some of you might not like hearing this, but I didn't fall out with Wayne."
The reason for Rooney's frustration seems to be Van Persie, with the Netherlands striker moving above him in the pecking order since joining a year ago from Arsenal.
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