Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson rallied to protect David De Gea after victory in the Community Shield.

The blot on United's afternoon was provided by De Gea, the goalkeeper who was signed for £18.3m from Atlético Madrid.

He might have come for the David Silva free-kick from which Joleon Lescott glanced City ahead while he was horribly slow to get down and across to Edin Dzeko's 25-yard blast that made the scoreline 2-0.

"City are a big team and the delivery of the ball [for the first goal] was good ... goalkeeper no chance with that," Ferguson said. "The second goal I thought we could have closed them down but the shot swerved a bit and just caught the goalkeeper on the wrong foot. But I think that you have to cope with these things and he's [got] no problem."

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