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United title favourites, says RVP
Robin van Persie said Manchester United are favourites for the Premier League title after his two goals sank Wigan in the Community Shield.
Van Persie struck with a header and a deflected shot for a 2-0 win as the champions secured the first silverware of the David Moyes era - and the Dutchman said he believes there is more to come.
"We're doing really well, and I believe in this team. We are the champions and, based on that, we are clear favourites. I believe that we will compete until the end again."
United have endured a mixed pre-season as well as having to cope with ongoing speculation about the future of Wayne Rooney.
But Van Persie helped put those concerns in the background and added: "It's always nice to score, especially at Wembley.
"It's a great day for the fans, for us and for the manager as well. All of us. One day, one game and we've won a trophy, so it's good. I'm really glad for everyone."
Ryan Giggs hailed his team-mate's goalscoring performance and said United had been "professional".
"The first goal's a brilliant goal. The timing was brilliant, and it was a great start for us," he said. "We hope Robin can produce the form that he showed last year."
United struggled for defensive solidity during their pre-season campaign but were rarely threatened by their Championship opponents at Wembley, and Giggs said: "It was a very professional performance.
"We were a bit disappointed pre-season, letting a few goals in, so the main objective was to get a clean sheet. We wanted to do that as a team. Work hard, get behind the ball, and I think we did that."