By FOX SPORTS staff
New manager David Moyes picked up his first piece of silverware as Manchester United boss after the Red Devils saw off Championship side Wigan at Wembley during the Community Shield on Sunday.
A double from van Persie sealed the 2-0 victory for the Premier League winners and the Dutchman told ITV after the game that his side would go all out to prove that the bookmakers were wrong to place United behind Chelsea and Manchester City in the running for the title this year.
"I don't want to be funny but we are the champions. So third favourites? Can you explain that? I don't really care," he declared.
"I believe in this team and I believe that we will compete until the end again."
Former Arsenal man Martin Keown was present at Wembley to watch Moyes' side and he praised the Red Devils fans for standing by their team despite some disappointing pre-season results.
"United's fans were singing 'stand up for the champions' from the start and that does have an effect on the players. It fills them with confidence and adds a swagger to their performances," Keown noted.
"The club need that because some of the aura surrounding them has been chipped away with Sir Alex retiring. They've lost their kingpin and I still feel they need to make a marquee signing to help restore that aura and send a message to their rivals. It would be a great present from the new manager to the fans."
Although United lined up in a familiar 4-3-3 formation against Wigan, Keown pointed out that Moyes' insistence for hard work on pitch was obvious in their recent display.
"The whole team were pressing very aggressively, with Van Persie setting the perfect example from the front. They looked very organised when they didn't have the ball," he pointed out.
"Moyes demands that and it's another reason we might see a lot of Danny Welbeck this season. He is excellent at keeping his positional discipline."