Belfast Telegraph

Manchester United prove they can be brilliant comeback kings

By Paul Hirst

Manchester United match-winner Nani insists his team-mates never lost belief as they came from 2-0 down to beat rivals Manchester City 3-2 and lift the Community Shield.

The Portugal winger 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 capitalised on two David de Gea errors to go ahead through Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko but Chris Smalling halved the deficit after the break.

Nani said: “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.

“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.”

Asked about his winner, the Portugal winger said: “I tried to chip it but the keeper stayed on his feet, so at the last second I changed my mind.”

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.”

Meanwhile, City boss Roberto Mancini, who expects skipper Carlos Tevez to be back training at Carrington today, believes big-money arrival Sergio Aguero needs to improve his fitness before he can be considered for first-team action after spending the entire game on the bench.

“Aguero is not ready to play,” said Mancini.

“He needs to train. He finished playing three weeks ago. Now he needs to train and recover.”

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