Wayne Rooney has heaped praise on Manchester United's youngsters as they helped the club beat rivals Manchester City in the Community shield.

The Premier League winners and the FA Cup holders faced off at Wembley yesterday for the first Manchester derby of the new season.

And despite City going in at half time 2-0 up Manchester United came storming back in the second half - Nani scoring the winner deep into injury time.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live after the match Rooney said: "This shows who the best team is - all game we dominated.

"The young lads made the difference - Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling - they were all outstanding."

Chris Smalling was first of the United player to find the back of the net in the second half as they responded from goals from Lescott and Dzeko at the end of the first half.

Just six minutes later Nani got United back on equal terms before finding the winner in the 94th minute.

Despite having to fight back Rooney believes that it was a scoreline that was deserved.

"They had five minutes where they scored two goals, and that was about it.

"The score-line is deserved because of our passing, and the brilliant chances we created. We are champions and we are the team to beat - we need to go out and prove that.

"Full credit to the whole team, that's our attitude. We never know when a game is finished. We hope title number 20 will come.

"But it's a long season and there's a lot of good teams in the league. Our main aim is to win that title again."

Manchester United begin the defence of their Premier League title on Sunday away at West Brom.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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