By Chris Wright
There we go. For what little it’s actually worth, the ‘first blood’ bragging rights are United’s as far as 2011/12 is concerned – with a slickly-taken brace from Luis Nani ensuring United got their clammy hands on the Community Shield at Wembley earlier today.
Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko had City two goals up at half-time, but Chris Smalling pulled one back shortly after the restart and Nani restored parity just five minutes later – chipping delicately over the on-rushing Joe Hart to finish off a slick, incisive passing move.
United continued to squeeze and it was Nani again who completed the dramatic comeback in the 94th minute, picking Vincent Kompany’s pocket, hurtling through on goal from the half-way line and skipping around Joe Hart to roll home the winner.
Edin Dzeko and Anderson dance the Tango de Muerte
Joleon Lescott opens the scoring, heading David Silva’s free-kick past David De Gea
City fans celebrate Lescott’s opener with a bout of ‘The Poznan’
Edin Dzeko celebrate after putting City two up with a 25-yard daisy-cutter
Chris Smalling diverts Ashley Young’s free-kick past Joe Hart to pull one back for United
Nani rounds off a lovely passing move by clipping the ball over Joe Hart to draw United level at 2-2
Nani pinches the ball from Vincent Kompany, bears down on goal from half-way…
…and rounds Joe Hart to roll home United’s winner…
…then celebrates accordingly
I’ll try and track down some highlights as and when, they’re getting pulled down willy-nilly at the moment.